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Topic # 95557 7-Jan-2012 22:20
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I have an Android phone and it can do mostly everything I want it to do like word processing, browsing the web, listening to music. The only thing I personally have found is that it can't play high end PC games which is what I use my PC for.
Is there anything else that a PC can do that Android or it's apps cannot do?

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  Reply # 565931 7-Jan-2012 22:36
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Would I want to write an essay in word processor or work on a spreadsheet on a 4" screen or a PC with 22" screen? Would I want to watch a 1080P movie on a 4" screen or a PC or TV?

PC cannot be replaced.




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  Reply # 565936 7-Jan-2012 22:53
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You could get an Transformer (prime) with the keyboard dock and type in an essays worth of text, etc.

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  Reply # 565942 7-Jan-2012 23:04
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But that's not a phone. It's a tablet. Even then you want a mouse to get things done quicker and to move around in the OS or the software that you have installed.

Whether or not you have a smartphone, one needs a PC or tablet. Good luck doing web browsing and enjoying websites on a 4" screen for the rest of your life.




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  Reply # 566149 8-Jan-2012 17:13
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Pretty crazy question really... You will never replace a PC with a Phone, Regardless of the technology. as above some things are just better on a big screen and a keyboard




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  Reply # 566150 8-Jan-2012 17:13
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Pretty crazy question really... You will never replace a PC with a Phone, Regardless of the technology. as above some things are just better on a big screen and a keyboard




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  Reply # 566160 8-Jan-2012 17:31
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but.. the topic is Android vs PC (not android phone vs PC)

*this should include phone, tablet and android TV





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  Reply # 566163 8-Jan-2012 17:35
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nakedmolerat: but.. the topic is Android vs PC (not android phone vs PC)

*this should include phone, tablet etc 


Either way same story.. You could use a Transformer with the keyboard dock etc but you still wouldnt want to write an essay on one or watch HD movies on one etc.. I said you wouldnt replace it with a phone because he said my phone can do nearly anything my PC can. It would have to be a pretty powerfull Tablet to replace a PC and probably have the option of running windows... Plus PCs will always be more powerfull by a long shot so if you only want a PC for browsing the web and writing a small one page blog or something go for it BUT most certainly not on a phone.




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  Reply # 566165 8-Jan-2012 17:45
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CdTDroiD:
nakedmolerat: but.. the topic is Android vs PC (not android phone vs PC)

*this should include phone, tablet etc 


Either way same story.. You could use a Transformer with the keyboard dock etc but you still wouldnt want to write an essay on one or watch HD movies on one etc.. I said you wouldnt replace it with a phone because he said my phone can do nearly anything my PC can. It would have to be a pretty powerfull Tablet....


Asus Transformer Prime is powerful...

in the future, i think android OS will replace windows OS Tongue Out





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  Reply # 566167 8-Jan-2012 17:48
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Thats not powerful my 8Core 16G of RAM dual graphics card PC is powerfull :P and i highly doubt Android will take over Windows as a PC operating system, its 2 different worlds and there will always be both haha




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  Reply # 566180 8-Jan-2012 18:29
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CdTDroiD: i highly doubt Android will take over Windows as a PC operating system, its 2 different worlds and there will always be both haha

Yes, exactly what IBM thought about the personal computer. ;   ).

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  Reply # 566199 8-Jan-2012 19:05
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I think Android tablets with keyboards will replace laptops for many people who have home PCs. They can do email, web, light word processing quite easily. There's still some issues, like the horrible typing lag in web browsers on Android tablets, but once in a couple of years they'll be awesome. They're already pretty good now.




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  Reply # 566463 9-Jan-2012 12:35
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To be fair(if I can say that) it's not the keyboard/mouse/game controller, nor the screen size for most new top-end Android devices (tablets and phones).
As most top-end devices have an ability to 'dock' with a USB 'hub' for Keyboard/mouse or Bluetooth connection and HDMI for screen connection (including phones). And as someone mentioned, if IBM future predictor's had their way, you'll be controlling the device actions with your mind in a few years.

CPU's are heading into quad core territory and GPU's are being dragged screaming into the realms of 1080p and supported hardware acceleration.

Memory is also on the rise.

Battery life versus "Scotty, give me all ya got!" just isn't there yet, when out and about.

But again, it gets back to word processing... like would you really want to.. like right now... NO!

The overall Android package is not designed for content creators, it's designed for content consumers.

Even with a mouse and keyboard on a 24"/40" screen with a rooted device and screen density set, I still stuggle. Not with the basics of document input, but the extras like document formatting and presentation. It's just not there at the moment.

Also multi-tasking on devices with limited memory can be tricky.

Games will get better and be more amazing, I read it all the time on the app store reviews, now that Android tablets are gaining traction(albeit slowly). But, good games do have a longer lead time, even when ported from one OS to another.

IBM once said technology is expanding at 10 to the power of 7 every seven years and Moores law states technology development will double every 18months

So in 3 years, you'll get a completely different answer and who knows where Windows 8, iOS and Android will have pushed application development.

Today, I'd stick with a PC/notebook and a tablet and/or mobile. You'd go insane trying to use an Android phone/tablet for everything, BUT in a limited fashion with a high-end phone it can be done, even today. Just don't expect to much.

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  Reply # 566482 9-Jan-2012 13:18
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There is one thing on a PC / Windows OS that iOS and Android wont do and even linux does badly.

Adobe Flash.

A small point for most people (?), but for me the number 1 reason I wont be giving up my PC anytime soon...

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  Reply # 566497 9-Jan-2012 14:00
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CdTDroiD: Thats not powerful my 8Core 16G of RAM dual graphics card PC is powerfull :P and i highly doubt Android will take over Windows as a PC operating system, its 2 different worlds and there will always be both haha


Interesting - considering that my laptop and my SGS both run linux kernals...so the OP isn't too far off the mark.




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  Reply # 566510 9-Jan-2012 14:31
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Bee: There is one thing on a PC / Windows OS that iOS and Android wont do and even linux does badly.

Adobe Flash.

A small point for most people (?), but for me the number 1 reason I wont be giving up my PC anytime soon...
Do you have an Android device? I can play 1080p flash clips on my SGSII just fine. The same on my Galaxy Tab 10.1... iOS on the other hand...

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