A blog post over at AllThingsD is touting the end of the PC era. This is a topic I have
Once again the claims are off base. According to the article, PCs still consume 49% of the memory chips manufactured, which is a significant amount. Smart phones, tablets, workstations, and servers make up the other consumers of memory chips. Tablets and smart phones have cut into the PCs market share, but anyone that has ever used these items knows they can not replace a desktop computer.
I personally view my smartphone as a utility device when it comes to computing. Whenever I am watching TV, or away from home and I need to Google something, I whip out my phone and search it. It has cut down on me having to wait until I get home, or stop what I am doing at home to go to my computer and search for something. If I am sitting around board and want to browse the net, and I have a choice, I am choosing to browse on my PC.
Tablets go a little further than smartphones thanks to their larger screens. They are great for browsing while sitting around the coach, or even during commercials while watching TV. Tablets are very useful on road or business trips. Being able to take it anywhere is useful, but once again I would rather browse on my PC if I have a choice.
Make no mistake these devices have cut down on the amount of time I spend on a PC. They have also increased the overall amount of time I spend online, as I can now browse the net at times and in places I couldn’t before. I won’t be tossing my PC into a dumpster anytime soon though. There are some tasks for which a mouse and keyboard is needed. Some activities are just awkward on the touch screen devices.
The PC has some serious competition on the block, but its days are neither numbered nor over. The naysayers fail to realize that these mediums can co-exist. As I said earlier, these new devices have mostly expanded my online time. Those who herald the end of the PC are going to continue to be disappointed.