When you are looking at a computing devices, there are hosts of devices to look at, especially now. Today, a decision you might have to think about is whether to purchase a computer or a smartphone. Both can provide you with computing capabilities, run software, and perform some more desired tasks. But there are many factors to consider, before you make a decision. With a smartphone, you can connect to the internet from virtually anywhere, you can look up information, send emails, take pictures, navigate highways, and play music--often simultaneously. But it is tough to compose a 20 pages article with your smartphone, though it’s possible. There are tasks that these things are ideal for and tasks they are just capable of.
So let’s today discuss some of the factors, which are very important to know, to understand both, a personal computer and a smartphone.
First things first. More powerful computing processors, would require greater amount of power and a cooling system in place. Computers are ideal for this, and they are equipped with power and a better cooling system to provide for these processors. Smartphones on the other hand, are more compact and they do not have the capability to provide the amount of power and cooling system. Although processors in this field are still evolving, they might become more powerful.
Prices can be vastly different in the field of computers, since the price is based on many different factors like processor, storage computing capabilities, OS and some more features. A more powerful, sophisticated PC can be more expensive, the price of the PC may range from $300 to $2000 However, a smartphone costs a lot cheaper, it may range from $100 to $300, in most cases with a contract.
Desktops are not considered portable. They are stationary and not easy to move around, but laptops are portable, lightweight when compared to desktops, can be carried on a backpack. However not as portable as a smartphone. Although a bit bigger than your ordinary mobile phone, they still can fit a purse or a pant pocket, thus more portable.
Some smartphones come with a built-in storage of 8 GB to 64 GB. Some smartphones are provided with an expansion slot, to add more storage capacity but it cannot fight with a computer on storage capacity. Even a low-end computer nowadays are blessed with atleast 250 GB of storage capacity storage with over one terabyte is not so rare these days. And not forgetting the capability to extend storage with an external hard disk, the options are endless.
5.User Experience:-Two things matter, when we talk about user experience in computers and smartphones. First the screen size, smartphones screen size varies from 2.5 inches to 6 inches and to get bigger screen size, you should opt for a tablet, which may or may not have calling feature. But computers come with bigger screen size, the screen may range from 17 inches to 24 inches in most cases, but can also have a bigger screen, based on the need. Another factor with decides user experience is the way of data entry or user input, computers win hands down in this, because they come withseparate input devices, like keyboard and mouse. A computer keyboard is the most familiar and the most comfortable input device and we also have a mouse in addition to make our life easier. A smartphone’s screen doubles up as an input device and lack of space proofs to be a tough task when entering large quantity of data a tough job.
Performance does matters. Yes, with processors like AMD and Intel, consumers are so pampered by these companies, a slight delay in execution of a task by a computer is not tolerated by this generation. Normally, todays users like to multitask with their computers, from web browsing to video streaming to photo editing to gaming. So a standard processor is a necessity. The processors found in smartphones are slower still, and far behind the best from AMD and Intel. An apples-to-apples performance comparison between an ARM smartphone processor and an Intel x86 processor doesn’t exist, but generally speaking, a standard-voltage Intel Core i5 laptop processor is about eight times faster, and that’s a conservative estimate. Current mobile hardware doesn’t stand a chance, and more importantly, it’s nowhere near as quick enough to provide a satisfactory PC experience.
Computers come with a more fully featured Operating System, when compared with a smartphone. This is mainly due to the capacity of having more computing power and memory requirements. Both desktop and laptop computers run a fully feature loaded operating system and what more, desktops and laptops can have multiple OS to choose from.
Smartphones and tablets run on a slimmed down operating system, due to having more limited computing power and lesser memory. The android and iOS are adequate Operating Systems for tablets and smartphones but not a fully featured OS like the ones used in PCs. Even the windows versions which run on smartphones are slimmed down and no way near Windows used in desktops.
Most users today have both a smartphone and a computer in their home. They use a smartphone for phone calls, messaging, browsing the Internet, reading e-mail, and other small jobs and use a computer for more complicated projects or work. Smartphones are like Swiss army knife; they are a bit of everything. Although its nice to have a smartphone which can replace almost many devices like camera, alarm clock, a digital diary, voice recorder, FM / Music player and etc., it has not evolved much to replace a personal computer yet. But we don’t know the future, a smartphone may, in future, replace a computer.