Kevin C. Tofel of GigaOM thinks that, eventually, tablets will replace smartphones in our mobile digital lives. This is contrary to what I’m used to hearing from tech bloggers and analysts: that tablets will replace PCs. You hear it all the time — “We’re in a post-PC world! We’re one step closer to the post-PC world! I can see the post-PC world from my house!”
But what if that’s not the trend? What if the PC isn’t going away, just the smartphone?
Kevin makes some great points, including the observation that people are consuming more and more mobile data on larger and larger screens with interfaces that look better at 7 inches than 4. He also sweeps aside the idea that folks can’t get used to talking on their tablets. Hello, this is what wired and Bluetooth headsets are for.
Plus, I have to agree with this: “I can’t think of a single digital activity that’s better on a smartphone than on a tablet.” I love my phone and I find it a convenient tool for reading email, posting to social networks, doing a quick browse and keeping up with my calendar. I can do all of that with a tablet plus play games and read on a more reasonably-sized screen.
Do you think Kevin is completely off the mark here? Given the nature of tablets built around mobile operating systems, I just don’t see a world without a PC. I can imagine a world where my tablet is the only communication device I carry around.