DO I STILL NEED A COMPUTER?

By Gil Borman

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The great computer revolution began in 1982 and has pretty much conquered the world. New model machines are literally 1 million times more powerful than their great-parents but still mysteriously freeze or display all manner of strange behaviors requiring us to shut down and restart. In truth the quality, stability and abilities of the modern operating systems are extraordinary but, in the age of tablets and cell phones, do we still need them.

Here, I will make the case for doing away with them and going mobile as well as the case for keeping the old style of machines.

The Case for Doing Away with Your Computer

Everything is in your hand. In seconds, you can ask your phone a question, and, if you asked the right question (can’t help you on this), you can get incredibly accurate, timely and detailed information back almost in real-time. e.g. “Is American flight #644 on time to Dallas?” The voice recognition built in to your phone is a wonder of the world.
Checking news, sports, business, politics, blogs and anything of interest is right at your fingertips. With proper encryption and setup, your database in the cloud can access any document you need, get your email and your online apps can make running your business a breeze. You don’t have to go to the bank, can instantly put any document in the cloud and you can send you cousins that picture of your crazy friend sitting in a snowbank in a swimsuit. Every single tool to create documents is right there, if you get bored, oceans of entertainment and games await you and all your social media is at your fingertips. Amazing.

Mobile computing is light, fits your pocket or clips to your belt, is always on and at hand.

The Case for Keeping Your Computer

The traditional laptops and desktops can do almost anything a mobile device can do (they are not great at phone calls and text) but definitely do certain things much better than mobile. The form factor is much larger, heavier, bulkier and use more power.

But they have real advantages: specifically, document creation, but they also excel at online gaming and data entry via mouse and keyboard. With powerful software, lavish features, larger screens and more powerful operating systems, today’s desktops and laptops are great for general purpose computing. Typing a twenty page report on your phone is unthinkable. The best thing about traditional computers is that they do not become obsolete as quickly as was typical 10-15 years ago. You can extend the life of your machine. Where it used to be necessary for most users to upgrade to a new system ever 2-3 years, depending on your needs, most users can now last 4-5 even six years if they are taking good care of the computer.

The Obvious Conclusion

Depending on what you do, the fact is that you can get by with just a mobile device or a traditional computer. But the fact is that, for most busy professionals, you need both. You need the connectivity and capabilities of mobile devices as well as the power and interface advantages of traditional computers.

If you love the latest and greatest in mobile devices and traditional computers, every year sees innovations in features and design that can add compelling capabilities to the indispensable tools we need and use every day.

Recommended Devices and Computers for 2018-19

Phones:

  • iPhone X

  • Google Pixel 3

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Computers:

  • Desktop: Dell Inspiron, HP Elite All-In-One

  • Laptops: HP Specter, Lenovo Yoga 2 or 3

  • Gaming: Alienware