Sunday, November 2nd, 2019
Desktop, laptop, tablet, phone (Re: Jirka)
I don't usually phost replies to Mastodon toots, but this time I have
to. Jirka made there a short survey, about what kind of device people
use as their main computer.
It came out (or at least that are the numbers right now) that just one
person out of twenty five considers a tablet to be their main
computer, and the rest is divided roughly fifty-fifty between desktop
and laptop hardware. Nobody considers smartphone to be their main
This was a bit surprise and not just for Jirka. The world around us is
full of the "post-PC era" bullshit and when you ask people, they are
still knee-deep in the past (I hope people understand irony, when they
see it). Why so?
Well, I have to add two points to the debate:
1. I spend more time on my smartphone than on any of my laptop or
desktop computers. Simply the family doesn't allow me to sit behind my
desk for long enough time period to actually do anything useful, so I
don't do it most days. But still even though I do many tasks on my
smartphone while commuting or during day, I don't consider it to be
myvmain computer or even computer at all. It's simply a phone, I can
do my email on it as a bonus, browse the web or even Gopher, listen to
music, but it's galaxy away from the environment I need to create
anything, being it code or meaningful text.
2. When I use laptop for something useful, it's always in the docking
station, with proper mechanical keyboard, mouse and 24" LCD. If I ever
used tablet for the same kind of work, it would be again this way. And
if I had to do it on my phone, it would be exactly like that. So would
it then be desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile?