Breaking down the "advantages" smartphones have over PCs
I recently bought a used computer from a friend. He had done a clean install of the OS before I started using it but something was still wrong.
The battery kept running down far faster than it should have, the Wi-Fi reception was atrocious, and man, the occasional lag was horrible, and installing the Chrome browser killed performance. I had unfortunately installed all of my applications and didn’t want to nuke it, but that’s ultimately what I did, but only after booting into safe mode, erasing the system’s cache—not once, but twice—and doing a complete reinstall of the OS, reformatting all of the drives and also running down the battery to recalibrate it.
Are smartphones really all that different from PCs?
I speak not of a used x86 laptop computer but of a used (but still practically new) Android smartphone. For the most part, the phone is performing where it should be now, but only after I spent four days trying to diagnose the problem and another day wiping it out and reinstalling. I still can’t install the Chrome browser on it without performance going to hell, but I’ve given up on that one.
My real-world anecdote is meant to counteract a common belief among the general population: Phones and tablets are better than PCs because they require zero maintenance and never break. I acknowledge that, for the most part, these mobile devices do generally work, but I also acknowledge that, for the most part, so does the average PC.
And for the naysayers who’ll contend that it was just an isolated event, or that I should have tried iOS, I challenge you to go to any cell phone carrier’s website and cruise the support forums. People aren’t there talking about sunshine and rainbows. They’re pissed off and confused because X isn’t doing Y.
Don't tell us that phones don't have their fair share of issues as well.
What’s really a laugh is when people talk about how they’re glad they’re finally off the PC upgrade treadmill but then fawn over the latest eight-core phone with the 5-inch screen to replace the device they bought six months ago. What, the new GPU in the new SoC is 20 percent faster? Sign me up for another two-year contract!
Let’s not even get into the aspects of the OS upgrade lag. That’s the time between when a new OS comes out and when the phone you bought five months ago finally gets it, some 15 months later, if you’re lucky to get it at all. Finally giving up, the consumer just goes out and buys a new phone or tablet with the latest OS, instead.
If the PC world worked like that, pitchforks and torches would line the road leading up to the castle overnight. If anything, maybe phones could learn a thing or two from the PC and provide timely security and OS updates to everyone, and actually work to improve drivers once in a while. Until then, while I still love my now-working phone, I still love my PC, too.