Obviously, the spotlight is currently on mobile phones. There are almost no tasks that you can’t perform on your phones especially some task that was almost impossible to perform on phones years ago. Does it mean once you have your mobile phone or tablet, your computer becomes automatically useless? Oh No! in actual fact, there are many instances where computers are preferable to phones when you want to perform specific tasks or complete a project. I for one, no matter what, I always prefer blogging on the wider screen of a PC monitor to the widest screen of a phone. The question is; when is the time to put down your phone because that task is it’s better accomplished on your computer?
Computer Vs Phones: Timeline of Prices and Configurations Comparison
In recent months, the position of the protagonists of the two big product lines “mobile phones” and “computers” in the digital circle seems to have begun to change.
The impact of the ongoing global pandemic and the obvious changes in prices have made the computer as a productivity tool the most reliant on people Consumer Electronics. The prices of notebook computers have continued to drop, creating a design that is close to the people. On the other hand, the sales price of mobile phones is rising, and the astounding “$1,400 mobile phone is not uncommon. Whether it is oppo, Huawei, or Xiaomi, which takes a cost-effective route, high-priced products abound.
Instances Where Computers are Preferable to Phones in Accomplishing a Task
To buttress my point on the stable prices of computers, let’s take, for example, the new products released in the two major categories recently released.
Price of the May 2020 Series 15 Lenovo Notebook with AMD CPU
On May 10, Lenovo announced that its small new series 15 2020 Ruilong Edition Xiaoxin notebook will be available for pre-sale. The computer configuration is AMD R5 4600U + 16GB memory + 512GB SSD, adopts a 15.6-inch four-sided narrow matte screen, resolution 1920×1080, 100% sRGB high color gamut, 300nit brightness, and supports DC dimming.
At the same time, other functional configurations such as a full-featured USB-C interface, fingerprint identification power-on key, Dolby dual sound speakers, three-speed backlit keyboard, HD 1.4b interface, and full-size SD card reader are also relatively available.
In terms of battery life, Lenovo Xiaoxin 15 2020 Ruilong Edition has a built-in 70Wh battery and lasts for a long time. It is said to be “no need to plug in all day”.
For such large-screen, long battery life, a large-brand laptop computer that can meet the needs of most school students and young white-collar workers who are new to the workplace, learning, office, games, and other basic needs, the price is only $600.
The price of the mobile phone market is becoming more astounding. Many users commented that be it a top brand or low-quality Chinese phones, they are becoming more and more expensive and become luxury goods.
Prices of the Most Expensive Mobile Phones as of May 2020
Three new models of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series officially released by Samsung in February are the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 +, and Galaxy S20 Ultra.
These three new machines are equipped with AMOLED full screen and powerful photography functions. Among them, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which is a heavy model, uses a rear rectangular camera module composed of a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens + 108-megapixel wide-angle lens + 48-megapixel telephoto lens + depth of field lens. In terms of flash memory, the Galaxy S20 series is equipped with Samsung LPDDR5 RAM, built-in up to 512GB storage.
Comparatively, it is also more expensive, with the Galaxy S20 starting at $999, the Galaxy S20 + starting at $1200, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra starting at $1,400.
Not only is the price of the big brand names high, even for the Chinese brand Meizu, which has loyal fans, the price of the newly released Meizu pro also exceeds $580. Almost all brands of mainstream mobile phones have prices above $600. The $300 flagship machine we often saw is extinct.
As early as 2002, Motorola released the V70, the world’s first 360-degree flip phone. That year, coincided with the World Cup, the cafeteria playgrounds, bars, and restaurants of various universities have become places where people gather to watch the ball.
Here, among those who watch the ball, one or two of them will occasionally pass by in front of the big screen. Of course, the main purpose is also to show that the cool V70 hangs on their chests. The car keys are the same. In 2002, the sales price of the MOTO V70 exceeded was very huge.
At the time, another brilliant mobile phone giant, Nokia, was also working hard. It successively released the “Boss Must-have” 8800, the horizontal screen NGage, and the full-mirror, double hinge, N93i equipped with Carl Zeiss lens.
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In the past six months, mobile phone prices have continued to rise. Whether it is 8848 titanium alloy mobile phones in TV shopping, Porsche, Lamborghini limited edition, cool folding screens, or arcade machines such as iPhone, Huawei, and Xiaomi, which are cooperated by major manufacturers and car companies, there are no exceptions.
Taking the iPhone as an example, iPhone 4, which is a fist product that entered the public’s field of vision in 2010, was priced at around $600, but today’s iPhone 11pro series easily exceeds $1400. Of course, some people will say that the iPhone SE is cheap, but can it become the main machine for most people?
Looking at the price of laptops, it has been stable. In addition to the few high-end gaming notebooks, the prices of most commercial and gaming notebooks have hardly increased significantly, and the configuration, battery life, and materials are constantly updated and upgraded. At present, the selling prices of mid-to-high-end business and gaming notebooks of Lenovo, HP, Asus, and other brands remain at an average of around $1200.
In fact, currently, the purpose of most consumers’ pursuit of new mobile phones is no longer to pursue the tool attributes of the mobile phone itself, but because of their taste, class fashion attributes. The purchase of the latest products can reflect the trend and is a symbol of identity and temperament.
Areas Where Computers Have Comparative Advantages of Mobile Phones
However, as a tool for society to provide productivity, notebook computers deserve more attention from consumers’ who are into; mobile office, learning, and entertainment terminal products.
During this COVID-19 epidemic, the home office is now as standard for most businesses globally. Apart from this, the demand for efficient office and entertainment also followed the occasion.
At this time, a laptop computer with great functions, high configuration, and lightweight will highlight its indispensability. At work, it can help you complete your work efficiently and create value non-stop.
When seeking for entertainment, it will give you a better, faster, and smoother experience and provide you with the best audio-visual experience.
The advent of the smartphone era has made it a part of life, and it also makes us ignore the importance of laptops. In fact, the two cannot replace each other. An efficient notebook computer, as your “comrade-in-arms” and “old man”, can improve your happiness index and help you create higher personal value.