In the Battle of Smartphones vs. PCs, who wins?

Anyone remember the early 2000’s? This was when the boom of technology truly began, and we’ve been going full steam ahead ever since then. Tech companies have introduced countless technologies in the past 19 years or so, but three hallmark devices stand out as groundbreaking in their respective time: desktops, laptops, and smartphones. While all three of those still exist today, smartphones are clearly the most adopted technology we have come up with so far. So does this mean that eventually desktop and laptop PC’s will become obsolete? Not necessarily, and here’s why.

There’s an app for that (or is there?)

While smartphones are capable of far more than we ever imagined, there are plenty of applications that simply cannot be done on a smartphone yet. Jae Alexis Lee, a Forbes contributor, says there are “a host of tasks that desktop PCs have always been good at and are still very good at. 3D modeling and large amounts of VFX work are done on desktop PCs (and laptops more recently). Video editing, software development, heaps and gobs of records management. [There are] all sorts of things we used desktop PCs for before widespread internet use and that we continue to use desktop PCs for. “

While technology is fully capable of advancing so far as to completely eliminate the need for desktop and laptop PCs, no one can predict how soon those technologies will be discovered, perfected, and implemented on a wide scale.

Technology is heavily influenced by users and will continue to shift according to our needs and wants.

“The PC landscape is changing rapidly, but that doesn’t mean the laptop as we know it will become obsolete,” says Lisa Eadicicco, LAPTOP Staff Writer. As users, we heavily influence the trajectory of technology. It will shift according to our needs and wants. If it’s still useful, we will still use it.

Technology isn’t going to advance beyond us or without us.

While smartwatches, AI’s, and virtual reality devices are getting “smarter,” we have to remember that we’re the ones making them that way. Technology isn’t going to advance beyond us, like Hal in 2001 Space Odyssey. As complex as our technology is becoming, we will never create a device that has sentient thought.

So in the battle of smartphones vs. PCs, one may surpass the other eventually. But as long as we are finding uses for both, neither will go completely obsolete. As the creators of technology, we will always hold onto devices that are useful. Regardless of how intelligent technology appears to be, devices are not competitive and we are the ones that decide to keep or discard them for the newer and “better.”

So you tell us: are laptops and desktops becoming obsolete in your life?

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