PCs vs Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones – Is the PC Becoming Obsolete? The popularity of Smartphones, tablets and laptops has meant that desktop computers are not as popular these days, but they are in no way obsolete. Desktop computers are still in high demand, but they are not as needed for accessing the Internet anymore. There are now cheaper ways to get onto the Internet, so all the people who bought computers in the past to get on the Internet, are now turning to cheaper options such as tablets, smartphones and laptops. Here are some facts that show the positive sides to both owning a PC and owning an Internet-ready mobile device. Here are few of the reasons why PCs have become surplus to requirements in the market: Smartphones are cheaper to buy than PCs This is now a very decisive factor for some people because the global economic downturn has meant that people are not able to afford PCs anymore. So they are turning to smartphones in order to do some of the things they would have otherwise done on a desktop computer. Smartphones allow for quicker Internet access This is a reasonably good selling point for smartphones. If a person wanted to access the Internet in the past, they had to go home and start up their computer. Whereas these days a person may access the Internet wherever they stand, so things such as Internet maps and store locators are now of even more use. Read: How to Auto Turn on Your Computer without Pressing Anything The Smartphone, laptop or tablet cannot do what a PC can do A PC is capable of holding and operating very large and complex programs. It is also able to communicate with a massive number of other devices at one time, and is able to handle a massive number of tasks at one time. It is able to process more information at a faster rate. A PC is still needed for business uses Mobile technology is not going to replace a PC at work, because a PC is far more efficient than any form of mobile device. PCs are quicker at what they do, are able to hold more information, and can be customized to make them even more efficient. Even the fact that they can be used to type with a keyboard makes them more efficient for use at work than a mobile device. A PC is still better for playing games on Computer games work a lot better on PCs. A PC is capable of processing more information, so it is able to handle bigger and more sophisticated games. It can also produce better graphics, usability and sound than any form of mobile technology, and the games on PCs can be a lot more advanced and bigger. A PC will always have more memory This is true for the simple reason that PCs are bigger and have an AC power source instead of having to rely on a DC battery. They will always have a lot more memory than mobile devices and laptops. A mobile device is usually more secure This is partially because there are less hackers and virus manufactures out there that are willing to spend their time trying to get into a person’s mobile device. There is more valuable information on a PC than a mobile device. A PC is more sophisticated and adaptable If you upgrade a PC then the sky is the limit. The size of a PC case means that more technology may be stuffed into it, and the case may be upgraded to a bigger size if people want to add in even more technology. A PC can be adapted in hundreds of ways more than a mobile device can. You will have to replace your mobile device more often You can keep a PC for more than ten years, and if you update it as needed, there should not be any problems. The same cannot be said for mobile devices, and some people change their mobile device as often as every 18 months. A PC can also be used to watch movies and TV shows The same is true of mobile devices, but a PC can hold more video files, it has a more reliable Internet connection, and it has a bigger screen and the ability to have high quality speakers attached. A PC may even have surround sound attached, which makes for a far better viewing experience. PCs vs. laptops, which would you choose? June 2, 2013 by Olawale Daniel 14 comments 4529 viewson Gadgets, Operating System Share this post Facebook Twitter Google plus Pinterest Linkedin Mail this article Print this article Tags: laptops, obsolete, pc, smartphones, tablets Next: IT Job Roles: What You Think You Know but You Don’t Know Them Previous: What Is Prepaid Mobile Internet, And How Can It Work For You?