Those of us who lived through the coming and going of the different tech phases are perhaps lucky to have a wider knowledgebase to draw on in our interaction with technology. Of course these days something like a smartphone can effectively represent the same power contained in your pocket as one of the earliest computers which formed part of the pioneering pack in personal computing. However, as a Millennial, GenX-er and I guess even a Baby Boomer, you probably understand the value of divergent computing.
This wider scope of computing knowledge to draw on can come in very handy when you’re busy trying to choose the right computer for you, because then you understand the cost dynamics involved as well as the associated value synonymous with each device you’d be looking to add to your personal computing collection.
Different computing devices
As mentioned there is computing power contained in different kinds of devices, like a smartphone, for example. Now when it comes to choosing the right device for you, it really depends on what you plan to do with the computing power you want access to.
Truth be told, some of the most expensive smartphones can cost as much as an entire selection of different computing devices, like how the cost of the famous iPhone X can cover the purchase of a decent Android smartphone, a decent tablet PC, a decent desktop PC or perhaps a laptop in place of what would have been the PC you go with. That’s generally what’s encouraged as far as choosing the right computer for you.
Instead of spending mad, mad money on just one computing device, rather distribute that money across different devices which come together to make up the collective computing power you’d have. So you can give that iPhone X a pass, especially if you take the time to make sure you understand exactly what you’re paying for in terms of the features of the computing device you’re paying for.
A Desktop PC
Desktops will never die, but I’m in no position to try and convince anyone of the need to buy one of these ultimate computing babies. If your work, or entertainment like gaming, requires major computing power, a good desktop PC is something nobody needs to convince you about the benefits of.
Laptops get really powerful these days and basically offer the same computing power as some desktops, except they’re portable and justifiably a little less robust. A good battery is key!
A Table PC
I’m personally not a fan of table PCs and would rather encourage you to get a laptop instead. The only time I’d use a tablet is if it’s part of some in-field work I have to do, so it would have to be a work-issued tablet.
Basically since I believe that a smartphone is a temporary, portable computing device which is to be used until you can get home to your laptop or full-sized desktop PC, you’d basically be buying your smartphone for its camera.