When the personal computer first became a feasible purchase for mainstream consumers there was little choice in terms of form factor; you could either have bulky gray box number one or bulky gray box number two. And that was it. Then along came the laptop, which gave consumers a viable alternative. The last few years have seen two new alternatives enter stage right: the tablet and the smartphone.
While it can be argued whether or not a tablet or smartphone is capable of replacing a desktop or laptop computer, both form factors are evolving at a lightning fast pace. As they grow more capable, so the lure of the traditional PC dwindles. This leaves consumers with a quandary over which device they should spend their hard-earned cash on. A quandary that forms the basis for this week’s We Ask You column.
This Week’s Question…
We want to know, What Computing Device Will You Buy Next? And Why? “Computing device” is slightly strange terminology but it’s really the only way to describe all of the various products now on the market that could, conceivably, be used to accomplish the various tasks that were once the sole domain of a workhorse PC.
Which form factor are you planning on buying next? Which manufacturer do you prefer? Which operating system powers the device you have your eye on? The options include (but aren’t limited to) a gaming desktop PC, a Mac, an Ultrabook, a netbook, a Chromebook, an iPad, an Android tablet, a Windows 8 tablet, an iPhone, and a Windows Phone handset.
Beyond that we want to know your reasons for choosing that particular device. Is it mainly because of the manufacturer, or more because of the operating system? Also, how do you foresee using the device? Is it going to be your primary computer or merely a secondary/mobile option?
The ultimate aim of this debate is to get a feel for which direction the hardware industry is headed over the next 12 months. And you can help us discover the answer by scrolling down and adding your comment at the end of this article. Even if you, like non-smartphone-owning Justin, don’t always succumb to the lure of the latest gadgets.
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and 150 MakeUseOf points to use for MakeUseOf Rewards. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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