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Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 18:33:56


Funaki
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What are you using right now to browse warzone? Are you on a phone or computer? Which do you prefer to use when you're at home, and why?

When I was really little, everyone used the internet on computers, as it was the only real option. Smartphones are a fairly recent invention. I first started using the internet back in the early 2000s, before phones really had internet, but once internet improved on mobile, people started to use phones for their internet more than actual computers.

Maybe this is because phones are more versatile, more portable, and more essential, overall? The main problem I see with phones however is that multi-tasking on the internet is much more challenging. You can't just switch between many tabs effortlessly, and you can't play games the same was on a phone as you can on a computer.

It seems everyone has a phone, but many people don't have computers. When I ask people why, often they say they can't afford one or they broke their computer and never got a new one. I'm curious if anyone here has similar stories.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 18:38:58


The Last Kiss
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I know far more people without smartphones than without computers. I know virtually no one without a computer, but I know many older people who don't have smartphones.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 18:39:52


Funaki
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Opposite experience for me. Here it seems everyone has a phone.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 19:01:50


The Last Kiss
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Most everyone here has phones, sure, but not necessarily smartphones.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 19:07:06


Funaki
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Which are you currently using and why?
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 19:32:26


Bane 
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I’m on a computer


Sent on my iPhone
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 19:39:28


King C******* V 
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I use both to give Fizzer all them ads.
- downvoted post by IRiseYouFall
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 20:09:03


Funaki
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Literally everyone is carrying their smartphone with them whenever I'm walking around my college campus. The only people I don't see carrying a phone with them are some of the older people, like staff and whomever.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 20:09:03


Funaki
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Literally everyone is carrying their smartphone with them whenever I'm walking around my college campus. The only people I don't see carrying a phone with them are some of the older people, like staff and whomever.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 20:30:32


The Last Kiss
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"about the topic, nowadays, more people have smartphones than computers, so The Last Kiss you are wrong. you seem to not know a lot of people "

Are you going to cite sources, or just talk out your ass?

Even in America laptops and desktops are owned by more people than smartphones, and in developing countries that is true to a much larger extent as they tend to rely on older technology, and if they have internet it still tends to be dialup or satellite, not 4G LTE, etc.

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Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 20:40:06


Wulfhere
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>uses anecdotal evidence
>R U GONNA CITE UR SOURCES M8
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 20:41:20


The Last Kiss
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Stating something based on anecdotal evidence is fine, correcting it without sources is quite another matter.

He's also wrong. Demonstrably so.

Smartphones popularity is definitely increasing, but they have not eclipsed desktop or laptop ownership. Old people are more likely to own desktops, as are people in poor nations.

Smartphones do have a larger market share on the internet as a whole, but there's lots of places where internet access is rare, and a computer without internet access is a lot more useful than a smartphone that lacks internet usage. The entire benefit of a smartphone over a non-smartphone is largely due to its internet connection.

77% of American adults own a smartphone, desktop/laptops are over 85%.

There's a gigantic difference between stating something as fact, and stating that someone else is wrong, acting smug about doing so, and not actually proving that they're wrong.

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Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 20:47:29


Bane 
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I have a smart phone. :)
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 20:51:45


Wulfhere
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People my age who don't own a smartphone have an instant appeal to me
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 21:11:25


DanWL 
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Smartphones are computers. Sounds more like Smartphone Vs Desktop/Laptop.

I use a mix of both for home use; mostly laptop. If I intend on being in one place for a while, I will go on my laptop, otherwise I will use my smartphone. I choose laptop because it has a bigger screen and is easier for me to type. I can make better and faster turns on laptop because I don't need to zoom in or out frequently to see the whole game clearly and I take advantage of hotkeys. I only use my smartphone when I have no choice.
If I'm away from home, I mostly use my smartphone as it is more portable than my laptop. Because of this, it is easier for me to travel due to not having as much baggage. Smartphones can send and receive calls and messages without the use of third-party apps even if you're not connected to the internet, so you can contact others easily and they can also contact you.

Mostly everyone I know has a desktop or laptop and a smartphone as well as other gaming platforms.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 21:13:42


Funaki
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"77% of American adults own a smartphone, desktop/laptops are over 85%."

I'm thinking that age groups separate these percentages quite a lot, leaving quite a remarkable disparity.

For example let's take the average person between the ages of like 12 and 25 (so we've got Generation Z and Millennials), or any arbitrary range of just kids and young adults. I'm guessing that far more people within these age ranges are maining phones for all-purpose use, even when they're home, instead of computers. Ownership is also one thing, but preferential use is another. Many people are putting down their laptops, even when they have laptops, in favor of their phones due to their portability and ease of use.

@Dan

Smartphones are computers, yes, I was tempted to mention that fact in my first post too. They were initially used primarily to make calls and possibly to text?, but they have been improved upon so much to the point of basically being small computers. It feels disingenuous even referring to them as phones now. I love my iphone, but it's not even shaped like a phone used to be and I find myself texting on it far more than calling.

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Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 22:03:25


The Last Kiss
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Smartphones are useful, but they're not going to replace desktops or laptops necessity of use any time in the near future.

PC's are far more powerful, they have far bigger screens, and they have superior methods of input. Smartphones are great for things that don't require a proper PC due to their portability, but they're never going to be superior at a large portion of tasks in large part due to their smaller screen size and lack of mouse+keyboard as input devices - even if they do become powerful enough to handle such tasks.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 23:28:28


Bane 
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People my age who don't own a smartphone have an instant appeal to me


Ok cool.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/19/2018 23:41:32


Wulfhere
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Zinger!
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/20/2018 02:29:11


Rogue NK
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I don't own a smartphone. I own a tablet but haven't used it in years. I am typing this on a laptop which is my number 1 device for all things on the internet.

I really don't understand the appeal of smartphones.

1. They are slower than laptops and now they are becoming more expensive. You can't type on them nearly as fast without a keyboard. I can take notes in class via typing with a laptop but not with a smart phone.

2. All of the mobile websites are inferior.

.3. Not having a mouse is infuriating and not being able to right click is absolutely terrifying.

4. For a phone, I use this: https://www.amazon.com/LG-Cosmos-Verizon-Wireless-Prepaid/dp/B0106MV3GQ

i can text faster with this phone than I ever could on the tablet. Why would I want an apparatus that doesn't excel at typing or texting?

5. The screen is just big enough on my laptop that i can enjoy watching shows. Imagine trying to watch a show on the small screen of a smartphone with inferior sound quality especially if you compare computer headphones to smartphone earbuds.

6. Also, I get a kind of "gatekeeper" vibe from smartphones that you can only see the popular websites and apps. The most popular stuff is always being promoted. Controversal apps like gab.ia are regularly taken off the app store Even though I don't even use twitter or gab.ia, I don't think they should be taken off the app store and it is obvious that the gods of the Silicon Valley are censoring the stuff that you can see.

7. I am into a lot of niche websites that I need to bookmark. Do smartphones even allow you to bookmark websites?

https://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/visualize/line/hs92/import/usa/show/2711/2008.2016/
https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives-new
https://world.liveuamap.com/
https://www.populationpyramid.net/population-projections/iran-islamic-republic-of+japan+turkey+viet-nam/
https://www.eia.gov/dnav/ng/ng_move_expc_s1_m.htm
https://databasin.org/maps/new#datasets=8afce595a77d4f6fb28c8f47261801c5
http://i.imgur.com/rzv85dn.png
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.513505&lon=40.664692&z=13&m=b

And of course Warzone is pretty niche.

I think smartphones can be pretty useful for those people who need a "jack of all trades, master of none" portable device but not for me.

random fact: I didn't use the internet outside of school until the 8th grade (almost high school).

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Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/20/2018 02:35:51


MrTrolldemort 
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PC master race
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/20/2018 09:03:13


DanWL 
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Smartphones can bookmark websites in the browser (possible in iOS Safari) and even make shortcuts to them out side of the browser (done that before using iOS 10).

If you’re complaining about loss if audio quality, use/buy a device that lacks a headphone jack. The latest iPhone that still has a headphone jack is the iPhone 6; unsure about Android.

Some smartphones such as mine are faster than Windows 7 laptops.

To minimise mobile websites being inferior, use the website’s app if it has one. Developers should really make their websites more responsive to ensure than their site looks good on small screens and large screens.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/20/2018 09:19:23


Wednesday
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desktop master race reporting in aka white

im not some beta soiboi who needs constant access to the latest washington post and vanity fair articles to maintain organ function so a shartphone isn't for me, sorry not sorry.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/20/2018 12:51:07


ℳℛᐤƬrαńɋℰ✕
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@Teddiursa♥

First PDA-s with internet, intranet, extranet and WIFI were available already in 2000s. Don´t know exact year, but around 1998-1999 they were introduced. If you do not know what PDA was, then look it up. It actually makes a lot of sense that PDA + old mobile-phone would lead one day to smart-phone. Its just we don´t exactly use smart-phones for the purpose of PDA, but the technology combination makes a lot of sense. A lot of businessmen used to have many devices back then.

Can someone really explain me why they need 1000 €/£/$ Smartphone?
Because, I just fookin can´t understand it? My 8-10 year old phone does most of the things I need: call, sms, check e-mail, social-media if needed and battery lasts a week, has 8MP camera if I really need to make some picture which I hardly do.

I have not met any sensible person who would regard tiny smart-phone screen viable for movie/tv-show watching experience? Nor use smartphone CPU and RAM for some really needed stuff? Why not use 12 inch laptop for this or 1.3 kg is really that heavy to carry around if one needs constantly some power? Neither I know anyone who would prefer to work or type on tiny screen, rather than have real physical keyboard.

What purpose does those smartphones serve nowadays? Thats why I don´t work in marketing, because I can´t understand peoples stoopid decisions.

On top of that I really find Phones Vs Computers totally irrelevant. Different machines/tools for different purpose. That one can use browsing on both does not make them comparable.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/20/2018 13:32:01

Nauzhror 
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I agree 100% that they serve different purposes and that one does not replace the other.

I don't have a $1,000 phone by any means, but I do definitely prefer my 2 year old ~$400 phone to a 8-10 year old phone.

I am curious though, what 8 year old phone has a battery that lasts a week? The only way I can imagine that being possible is if the phone is that old, but the battery itself is newer and has been replaced.

I tend to take an even more extreme stance though on laptops. I don't think a 5-6 kg laptop is hard to carry around either, especially not if in a carrying case of some variety, and I'd much rather have a desktop replacement capable laptop than one that's significantly slower. The only true upside to me of low-weight, low-voltage laptops is their significantly improved battery life. The actual weight of the machines is a complete non-issue in my eyes.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/21/2018 04:40:40


ℳℛᐤƬrαńɋℰ✕
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@Nauzhror

Nokia, Symbian platform. Is not supported, developed since 2013, but not hard to tweak to make things working. And it has original battery.

I dont care either of laptop weight, my main is as well nearly 4kg, but when I have to carry laptop, 2-books, lunch and many folders of class-notes its more of a problem it wont fit into one bag :P. And if I only need text editor then 1.3 kg Thinkpad x200 is great.
Internet: Phones Vs Computers: 8/22/2018 02:35:14


MilkyWay90
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I'm never getting a phone until I'm 20.

I prefer a computer because I can program on it, while on tablet/phone, the most productive thing I can do is watch Youtube.
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