Specs are Irrelevant. The Right Question is That Can It Run Smoothly? And Few Ideas About the Future
These days people are deciding which smart phones they should buy based on its specs, especially in the geek community.
It is relevant if you’re looking to buy a PC and that depends upon your purpose whether you want one for gaming, designing or just basic computing.
But still I think making a purchasing decision based on the specs of a mobile phone is stupid. First there is a lot of fragmentation issues with Android, and even if you have the Samsung Galaxy S3 or any fancy HTC phone, the right question isn’t that how much ram or which processor it has. Whether it has a 24 or 22 or whatever nm processor, how many cores and all those fancy things we geeks love to talk about. The right question would be whether it can “run” most of the apps smoothly or not.
With the iPhone, this isn’t much of a problem as long as you have the latest or the next to latest device since Apple® controls the whole experience. Which I believe is the right approach. Microsoft® has adapted the same approach with its new Surface tablets and I like that approach regardless of the fact that I hate the implementation of the new OS and the fact that they didn’t revealed a lot of information during the launch, it was just a mere announcement.
Controlled experience reduces fragmentation and hence enhances user experience.
Apple’s market strategy with the new iPad is really awesome. Literally. They didn’t focus on its internal individual components like Ram or processor. All they mentioned is that it is faster, but the biggest selling point wasn’t that. The biggest selling point was the Retina display.
Remember that most of the buyers aren’t geeks?
Here is something to think about:
The best results we get when a “team” of awesome individuals parts work together. Not when a “team” of individuals with one over powered and one under powered working together and struggling to build a harmony with all the other components of its system.
It’s the same thing with this. I saw similar thing with PC world where they fit a gigantic CPU with a crappy 5600 RPM hard drive. You’re as fast as your slowest component and it’s all about the compatibility with the rest of the system so to make sure every component is running to its full potential. When the hardware isn’t controlled, this kinda experience is impossible to be properly executed because fragmentation strikes back.
Maybe that’s why Apple seems so innovative or being able to do something that perfectly works? I guess so. But I also believe it’s more than that.
I also have this philosophy that the notebooks will be outdated in the next 10 years if not less. And the center or “digital hub” will be the cloud. Which will be used for the processing of our demanding needs, storage and what not.
So if you want to get a video processed, it can go right on to the cloud with all the changes you need in form of any information file, the cloud systems will process and render them for you (in few seconds) and even upload them to your personal files which then can easily be shared with your friends and even you can watch it on your TV or in car or what not.
So maybe power users can use this option to replace their power PCs. But some power cloud and replace their desktops? Maybe. Sorta like your power desktop in cloud?
The only problem is the ultra-fast internet, cost and its availability.
So this is my thoughts about the very near future. And I’m excited to see how it goes.