There is absolutely nothing novel or prophetic about talking about smartphones (a word I loathe to use, but heck, I can live finally with “Web 2.0”) as potentially replacing computers as a primary device.
I got to try it out this weekend.
This was not a planned exercise.
After visiting friends in Phoenix this weekend, I returned home (a 2 hour drive normally, extended to 5 due to highway closure) and was dismayed to realize I had left my backpack at the restaurant where I attended a holiday party.
Dismayed is a #&@^* understatement. In that pack was my MacBookPro, my iPad, my DSLR (and extra lens), my portable hard drive with my photo archive (THAT was backed up before I left)…. I was able to call the restaurant 10 minutes before they closed, and they assured me the backpack was found and could be picked up.
I was without my main camera for doing dailyphotos. The computer was backed up on TimeMachine before I left, and I do have an old one, but I decided to use only my iPhone over the weekend (it would be Sunday until I could fetch the pack, thanks to my frield Coop who fetched it Saturday night).
This is not to say this was an eye opening experience, but frankly, for ordinary tasks- email, twitter, web browsing, even doing photography on the phone and uploading, I was able to do it all. I am also not saying that I would ever suggeste I could replace my laptop with a phone, but can see more and more the potential for being laptopless (now there is an awkward word to split at the end of a line).
Of course I could not do (serious) video editing, audio editing, or programming on the mobile, but there’s a lot of tasks I can do. And its just going to get better and better.
I got all my stuff back, a huge relief, and after 2 days of dusting my stupidity for leaving my gear behind, it was a worthwhile experience to be untethered from the laptop and keyboard.
I suggest giving it a try sometime, just for the heck of it.