Poll: Can Your Smartphone Replace Your Laptop?

As we eagerly await the results of today’s Presidential election, we decided to check out the tally of a recent poll from Lifehacker. While it won’t tell you our political fate, it will give a glimpse of our technological future. In light of a WSJ story, the site asked readers whether the increasing popularity and […]

As we eagerly await the results of today’s Presidential election, we decided to check out the tally of a recent poll from Lifehacker. While it won’t tell you our political fate, it will give a glimpse of our technological future.

In light of a WSJ story, the site asked readers whether the increasing popularity and functionality of smartphones means more people are ditching their laptops. Here are the results as of post time:

Note that more people (1,439) thought “Yes” or “Maybe” it could be done to the 1,345 who said “No Way.” You can see where this will head in a few years. Just look overseas. While we are a very PC-based country, people everywhere from Japan to Uganda are leapfrogging past them altogether, straight to mobile. There are a number of reasons for this–infrastructure, cost, culture–but in many ways we are not too dissimilar. We’re already seeing this trend in the Midwest and urban areas, where lack of broadband and/or high cost prevents people from shelling out for a computer, but a cell phone is a necessity.

As we become a truly nomadic nation, smartphones will get better and laptops will get smaller. In ten years, we might not even be able to make the distinction.

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