What? iPhone is a computer, too, right? Almost. The issue here is the definition. Yes, iPhone is a computer, but it’s not a PC; a personal computer, often defined by a Mac notebook, iMac, or anything running Windows and friends. What’s the real difference between a smartphone and a personal computer?
Screen real estate. Power. Capabilities. You can add to the list as you see fit. Apple says the new iPad Pro line is more powerful than more than 90-percent of all PCs sold today. Does that make an iPad with a keyboard a personal computer?
The answer is yes. So, what’s wrong with an iPhone as a PC?
Samsung has a product called DeX. Think desktop experience than turns certain Samsung Galaxy smartphones into a quasi-desktop experience– if you add the DeX dock, a keyboard and mouse, and, an external display, of course.
If you live on Microsoft Office or Google’s G Suite then using a Galaxy Note as a desktop personal computer might work, but Bill Detwiler sums it up right.
Galaxy Note 10 Plus is an excellent Android phone for business buyers, but its usefulness as a laptop replacement is highly situational.
Any $1,000 smartphone should be good, whether enterprise or otherwise, but the real test for business users might have a longer list than home users.
The Note 10 Plus has everything I want in a phone: great performance, plenty of storage, all-day battery life, a bright and beautiful screen, an excellent camera, and the features I expect from a flagship phone (fingerprint/facial recognition, wireless charging, etc.). And of course, there’s the Note’s signature S Pen Bluetooth stylus, which sets it apart from other handsets and has a new, Air actions motion control feature on the Note 10.
Detwiler lists five basic reasons why a smartphone– Galaxy Note-whatever or iPhone-whatever, needs to compete with PCs at work.
Hardware – both Galaxy Note 10+ and new iPhones fit
External Hardware – this includes the aforementioned display, keyboard, and mouse; Samsung does this better than iPhone
Constant Connectivity – these are smartphones, right?
Phone Form Factor – duh; why is this on the list
Display – hello? We’re talking what fits it your pocket needs to compete with a notebook? No. Not even a Galaxy Fold can compete with a 13-inch notebook display, but connect it to a desktop display and you’re getting there.
The idea here is that a smartphone can replace a PC, but isn’t it obvious that to do so specific requirements must be met. In other words, that will work for some, not for everyone.
Just because the Galaxy Note 10 Plus isn’t the laptop replacement I’ve been looking for, it could be the primary computing device for workers who spend most of their time either in the field or moving between branch offices.
Yeah, like their iPhones and Galaxy-whatevers do already. Try working a spreadsheet on your iPhone and you’ll see where it lacks what you want it to do.