Wednesday, October 18, 2006



So the head of Symbian (http://tinyurl.com/ya96w6) said in a public address that the PC would be on its way out in five years as a result of advancements in smartphones. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, I can see a future where smartphones pack the power of today's PCs and can be popped in a dock or a case to act as the brain in a desktop, laptop or True Notebook (http://sumocat.blogspot.com/2006/10/time-to-redefine-term-notebook.html) system, providing full-sized input and output options. But c'mon, do you really think PCs are going to stand still while smartphones catch up?

In five years, desktops will morph into media servers with centi-core processors, laptops will be supplanted by tablets, big and small, with broad ranges of input options, and smartphones will be the grab-no-go, fully sync'd partners to these machines. Smartphones may, and probably should, become ubiquitous, but I don't see it happening at the expense of the PC. Might wipe out dumb phones though, if the prices drop.

P.S. He also predicts smartphones will be packing 64 GB of flash memory by then, which sounds great now, but how's that supposed to hold up in a future loaded with high-def video and lossless audio?


Shoutback: jkOnTheRun: Symbian predicts the death of the PC
CateGoogles: mobile_tech
Mood = skeptical

Gotta admire his optimism


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