Smartphones, iPhones, tablets and other mobile devices cannot and will not replace a computer. Not yet at least. Perhaps in 10 years or so. It’s sad but true. Until technology either realizes or catches up with the trend, there’s just too many limitations on these devices. That’s not to say they’re overrated. I think they’re worthwhile, but they are still surpassed by the functionality of a computer – be it Apple or PC. And sadly when Facebook and other social media cannot produce an app for mobile devices that provides the same access that their computer-based counterparts do, then it raises the question as to how we’re moving forward technologically.
And what of the other things creative types like to do on a computer? We cannot truly edit or save documents from an Android tablet. I’ve tried several apps and they’ve all failed. There’s picture editing, but I have yet to find an app that will save the edited photos to a disc (be it an SD card or a USB drive). And uploading a group of photos to Facebook into an album from a tablet or phone is challenging, especially when you cannot access the photo albums in a Facebook group from their apps.
So while everyone is praising technology, I see the limitations and often hope for something to come along that will catch up to my needs. But I haven’t seen it yet.
So the bottom line is don’t throw away your computer yet. While you may not use it for more than visiting Facebook or Twitter, you’ll still need it to really benefit for what those sites offer, because they’re not robust enough on mobile devices. Not Facebook. Not yet at least.