What is Left for the Personal Computer
It’s no secret that computer evolve at a rapid pace. They get faster and smaller and continue to use less power making them ideal for portable use. Laptops currently outsell desktops, so what exactly is next on the horizon for users? The mobile market place has blown up, there are several operating systems to choose from when picking out a phone and each one comes with its own marketplace full of applications. These applications range from productivity applications, to utilities intended to help work flow, and even a huge variety of games, and when it comes to games we aren’t talking solitaire. With the advances in hardware, full-on 3D games can be found. The latest rounds of smartphones coming to market have dual core processors, something that has only become main stream on most desktops in the last 5 years.
Phones get thinner, they contain more memory and the displays they have get larger and have higher numbers of pixels. Essentially making them capable of doing nearly everything your desktop can do. The market is already starting to see consolidation of smartphones and laptops. Motorola has a new platform that is essentially a laptop screen and a laptop keyboard with a place to slide your phone in, meaning everything you work on stays with you at all times and when you need the larger form factor, it’s there to use.
Some speculate that the traditional desktop might not have all that much life left in it. There is no reason why computing can’t become essentially nothing but a mobile platform for most people. But the question remains, is that what consumers want?