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Topic # 138132 21-Dec-2013 10:21 Send private message

Hi guys.

I was wondering if people were using their Smartphones as their only device? By that I mean no tablet/desktop/laptop, just a smartphone. Im guessing more people still have more than one device, still more than one way to connect to the internet, but just thought I would ask. Maybe you own more than one way of connecting to the internet, but your Smartphone is your main device and you only use other means, desktop/laptop/tablet, when you have to?

How long until using a smartphone as your main/only device becomes the norm? 10 years? 20? Never?

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  Reply # 955736 21-Dec-2013 10:26 Send private message

Screen is too small for prolonged use on a phone IMO.

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  Reply # 955739 21-Dec-2013 10:28 Send private message

I don't intend to ever get a smartphone. My partner has one and always has it out tapping away.

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  Reply # 955749 21-Dec-2013 10:58 Send private message

This will probably never be a feasible option for the type of people who hang out on this forum, but I personally know a lot of people who don't need to do anything other than check Facebook and read the news from time to time. If you're not tech savvy and you don't have any need to do things like producing documents or managing a large collection of photos then the overhead of dealing with the frequent niggly problems that you get from a 'real' computer just isn't worth it.

You have to remember that most people probably have access to a computer at work if they really need to access for personal use on odd occasions.

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  Reply # 955767 21-Dec-2013 11:41 Send private message

One of the reasons for the incredible growth starting to happen in Phablet style, large screen phones will contine to increase in popularity and market share

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  Reply # 956183 22-Dec-2013 15:09 Send private message

Pretty difficult to use MS Word or Adobe Photoshop on a Smartphone ... so I have my PC.  I do have a laptop that I bought in 2010 which was from 2007 this should be my last one unless future family needs it, but if the future family needs it maybe a tablet instead on holidays etc .. for the future kids to play etc.  As of now I don't have any other tablet as I have my laptop, if I got it I won't be using my laptop.  For now I don't intend to get a tablet even if the laptop breaks b/c I am ok with a Smartphone around the house reading emails, FB etc .. For now b/c I go on shortish trips that I preplan things anyway I don't need a larger tablet to book hotels and research places during my trip. 

So what I envisage for the short medium term: continue using my 5yr old PC, laptop now but if it breaks I leave it.  I of course have a Smartphone but don't plan on upgrading it anytime soon, would like to get 3-4yr out of it.

But yes - I find Smartphones great.  I can access a cloud drive, I can open up spreadsheets/PDF/DOCs and view desktop size webpages.  I can sync MS Outlook with it, sync contacts, SMS, phone camera pictures.  I can use the torch app.  I can be alerted of cheap stuff.  I can use GPS.  I can use other IM apps and text and call or video chat to people overseas for free so it's not just Skype b/c you don't need their username anymore, just their phone number, install the IM app and it automatically tells you who already has this app or you can just SMS them to download/install.  Natively you cannot install these apps on the normal computer/laptop.  I find that some people who I have been in contact with 15yrs now by traditonal email we have now resorted to IM apps.  Don't need to fire up that laptop/PC.  It's quicker to read and reply with mobile data well mobile data are more affordable overseas but in NZ I assume one could text too with it.  Few people I know personally I correspond with e-mail.  Phones will always be smaller than tablets too.  So it's more with you too ..

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  Reply # 956214 22-Dec-2013 16:06 Send private message

Hell no, and it won't be for a long time - if ever.

I have a smartphone and a tablet. They are OK for content consumption but, taking photos aside, not for serious work or any content creation.

I also have two desktops (one of which is ancient and will be replaced shortly), a laptop (my own), and another laptop (my employers).

There's no way I could see myself building a complicated spreadsheet model or drafting a long and complicated (80+ pages with footnotes, tables, graphs etc) document using a phone.

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  Reply # 956215 22-Dec-2013 16:07 Send private message

My wife's iPhone is.

Wonder if using small screens make eyesight deteriorate?

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  Reply # 956257 22-Dec-2013 17:25 Send private message

Nope, PC here. Far too slow to enter data on a phone or any touch screen device. Even with a keyboard the screen would be too small.




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