Latest Devices Point to Larger Form Factors - Is bigger better?

January 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM

First Samsung Galaxy; now two pieces of news that are pointing to the return of the big screen. Take a look - Are we all going to have many devices, each meeting a different need? Is the all-in-one-device (aka a phone that fulfills one's email, phone, text, camera, shopping, diet, social media, video conferencing and entertainment needs) already a thing of the past?


Re: Latest Devices Point to Larger Form Factors - Is bigger better?

January 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM
I am strongly convinced that people will continue to use multiple communications devices forever. I remember someone drawing a parallel with the modern kitchen. You can cook pretty much everything on the stove or in the traditional oven, but you would still get a toaster, a micro-wave oven, a bread machine and even a waffle maker smiling Similarly, people would continue to use desktop PCs for most of their office work and some of their communications needs (e.g., email) most of the time (specifially, when they are at their desks). When travelling, smartphones and tablets will provide a convenient alternative for access to communications and collaboration appliations, as well as for quick review of various types of content. Screen size will determine what you choose to do on which device. Frankly, I do not see how you can have a high-quality business video call using a regular smartphone. A device with a larger screen can provide a much more enjoyable experience. On the other hand, why would you use a tablet for your audio calls if the smartphone is so much more convenient to hold and provides better audio quality as it uses the cellular network (and most business users can afford plans that cover a large amout of domestic long-distance calling). The opportunity for vendors is in integrating all the different devices and applications and enabling users to more effectively and securely manage their communications, collaboration and content devices and applications.