Are computers still relevant?


Alexis Rodriguez-Mejia

A comparison of computers and phones.

Imagine walking into your office on the first day of work. Everyone greets you accordingly and smiles as you walk by. Just as you put the key in the lock of your door, your boss tells you to just wait one second. He hands you a piece of paper and walks away. When you finally enter your office you notice there are no wires on the floor. Rather, there is no desktop computer in general. You open your desk to see that there is a tablet with a keyboard attachment inside. When you flip over the paper your boss gives you, it reads, “The pin for your computer is…”

As the years progress, it is becoming self-evident that smartphones are replacing various electronics such as computers, cash registers, and even calculators. Moreover, just think about the press smartphone companies such as Apple, Samsung, and Google get when they unveil new technology. Even Apple’s advertising about the iPad Pro discusses a “post-PC world” where smartphone and tablets have essentially killed off desktops.

When you look at the numbers, smartphones weigh less than a laptop and are practically weightless when compared to a desktop. After all, smartphones are designed to be taken everywhere. While a tablet might not fit into your pocket, it is still more portable than a desktop. Further inspection of the numbers reveals that smartphones tend to be more affordable than most desktops and laptops. Not to mention, a mid-range computer usually costs between $500 and $800, and it can be less  if you already own  a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. More powerful computers will cost you between $1,000 and $3,000, if not more.

Today, more people hold powerful devices in our hands than ever before. While people may argue that getting a smartphone or tablet would result in a smaller screen, that’s not the case. Products such as smart TVs, Chromecast, Apple TV, and Samsung Galaxy DeX allow those very smartphones and tablets to be mirrored on bigger screen. In other words, that tiny screen complaint doesn’t seem very valid in this day and age. Even smartphones’ and tablets’ hardware is improving to the point that soon it will be on par if not better than, both desktops and laptops. Moreover, due to the advancing processors of smartphones and tablets, gaming is improving to the point of catching up to desktops and laptops. Games that were originally “computer exclusive” have moved on to have smartphone ports of the same game. Just look at the “Five Nights at Freddy’s” series that was extremely popular last year. That very same series is now on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

It appears that the world has shifted from computers and laptops to smartphones and tablets. At least until, Mixed-Reality devices such as glasses and contact lenses replace the smartphones that replaced the computers.