Mobile Devices And PC’s
This year, for the first time in recorded history, mobile data usage has surpassed PC data usage. Is this an indication of where we are headed in the future of technology?
Many of the functions of a PC or desktop computer can be matched by your smartphone or tablet, in fact many of the top-end smartphones can easily compete with the best laptops or desktops available as little as 5 years ago.
These days however, with the help of powerful graphics software, multiple processors, and upwards of 6 gigabytes of RAM, the capabilities of premium smartphones and tablets can be compared to a mid-level PC. Nevermind the war between consoles and PC, the new war is between desktop and mobile, but before deciding on which type of device you prefer, take a look at how mobile and PC’s match up next to each other.
In a high-performance PC, the CPU uses a lot of power, which is why they are plugged into an electrical socket. The use of lots of power generates heat, which in turn means that a lot of these PC’s also need a fan or passive cooling in order to operate.
Mobiles and smartphones run on batteries, which means they need to use power as efficiently as possible in order to conserve energy as much as possible, making a constant supply of CPU power to the device impossible.
Logically then, a mobile device or tablet will never be as powerful as a high-performance PC, given that the PC will always have the edge as it’s plugged into a wall. That being said however, mobile devices are constantly being improved and changed, so this could change in future, but for the time being, computers have the edge in terms of power between the 2 types of devices.
PC’s, particularly the high-performance PC’s can sport a hefty price tag – anything between $1000 and $3000, with the mid-range options coming in at around $500 and $800. Their peripherals however are usually interchangeable, so this does offer some savings on buying a computer.
Smartphones and tablets are usually available as part of a mobile data package – with the cost of the device combined with monthly service provider costs. However, if you prefer to purchase your mobile device outright, a flagship smartphone can cost as much as $800 which tablets coming in between $300 and $800 depending on their size.
Desktop computers by definition sit on top of a desk, making them more or less impossible to move from place to place. Laptops are designed to be portable, but one still has to find a spot to plug them in if the amount of time you need to work on a laptop exceeds your battery life.
Mobile devices on the other hand are the very essence of portability and convenience. A smartphone will fit into your pocket or handbag, and even larger tablets can be folded up and carried in one hand. This makes playing the online slots Canada has to offer, or any other games easy, and lets you access emails, browse the internet and more from absolutely anywhere.
The operating systems used on PCs are full featured, and take advantage of the large disk space, lots of RAM and quick CPU’s.
Mobile operating systems are device specific. This means that the version of the operating system, is quite often specific to a specific device, so a software update won’t necessarily work on an older version of the device, thus making device upgrades necessary more often.
As the monitor is not connected to the box, PC’s are not limited in terms of which screen size you choose. There are a large variety of screens available all in many different sizes, so one can choose which suits one’s needs the best.
Mobile devices screens are specific to the device, and thus are a little more limited in terms of screen size.