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REPORT: Smart Phones overtake PCs

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For the first time ever, smart phones have become more ubiquitous than personal computers, according to a report by analyst firm Canalsys. Global phone sales nearly reached 488 million, while PCs only managed 415 million. Mashable reports:

The real story here is the inexorable rise of the smartphone. Total shipments of the devices grew by a whopping 63% over 2011. Again, this was partly driven by the success of Apple; thanks to the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S, the Cupertino company not only smashed the record for the most smart phones shipped globally by any single vendor in one quarter, it also displaced Nokia as the world’s leading smartphone vendor.

This is not a surprising development, nor is it inexplicable. As smart phones become smaller, cheaper and more capable, it makes sense that greater numbers of people would opt for them. They have especially seen a surge in low income brackets- the type of people who just don’t need a full-fledged desktop and can supplement that with a phone.

Phones also have a shorter shelf life than PCs. One wouldn’t be expected to upgrade a PC every year or two, but that’s routine for cell phones. The smart phone market is built upon the gotta-have-it mentality of the newest and best thing, while the PC market is based upon buying a capable and decked out machine, and being able to take care of that machine for years until it becomes obsolete.
I fully expect smart phones to continue crowding out PCs. Tablets may have a similar effect. It’s yet to be seen.



Written by kolchak

February 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

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  1. I think tablets will get there very shortly. The costs need to come down a little bit more. Next Christmas?


    February 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

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