The choices one has when buying a computing device are, these days, many and varied. Not only is there a wide range of form factors to choose from, there are also numerous manufacturers and several high-profile operating systems to sort through. It’s incredible that anyone actually ever gets around to actually buying their next weapon of choice.
Desktops were once the be all and end all, and then laptops joined the party. Their limited portability has now been outshone by tablets and smartphones, which are increasingly able to offer legitimate means for working on the go. In this world of many choices we decided to find out which devices you had your eye on and why you were choosing them over everything else.
We asked you, What Computing Device Will You Buy Next? And Why? We had a great response, with dozens of you adding to the conversation by telling us the hardware you’re planning on purchasing next. Some responses laid out specific plans while others had a more aspirational feel to them.
Sifting through the comments the form factor that enjoyed the most mentions was the tablet, with around 32 percent of people expressing an interest in buying one. Next came the desktop and laptop on level pegging at around 22 percent, with the smartphone bringing up the rear with 16 percent. Other devices such as the Raspberry Pi made up the remaining 8 percent.
These results suggest that there’s a definite shift away from form factors that are meant to remain forever in the home and towards those that can be taken everywhere. When Apple first started talking about the world entering the “post-PC era” it was received with a justified level of disbelief and accusations of arrogance, but it’s a pronouncement that is proving more accurate with every passing month.
Of course those who are planning on buying a tablet are likely to have a solid desktop or laptop (or both) sitting at home, and just don’t feel the need to upgrade. That’s bad news for Microsoft and Windows 8, but good news for both Google (thanks to Android) and the manufacturers of these tablets. Which obviously includes Apple and its genre-defining iPad.
Comment Of The Week
We had great input from the likes of Bruno Pavão, Dr Jeffrey Lybarger, and Dale Poole, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to Alberto Lerma, who receives the respect of myself and hopefully everybody reading this:
The Update for 2013 will be:
-Lenovo Notebook G780.- Intel Core i7 (2.2GHz), 17.3?, 8GB Memory DDR3, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M 2GB for $899.
-MacBook Pro (second-hand).- Intel Core 2 Duo (2.4GHz), 15?, 6GB Memory DDR3, 320 GB HDD for $650.
-Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897.- Dual Core (1.5 GHz), 4?, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and micro SD up to 32GB for ????.
-3 Raspberry Pi’s.- BCM2835 (700MHz), 512MB RAM for $105
I’m a developer but right now my start-up is focusing on mobile apps for local business so the Lenovo fulfill all my needs and also comes with a very good price.
Sometimes my team needs a little extra help with iOS (since it’s the most demanding playground) so in order to help’em I’ll buy the second hand MacBook, note that I “hate” OSX but that’s my the clients want.
The Motorola Photon feels good in my hands I’m doing some research on the battery life but I could sacrifice some power performance for QWERTY I really “need it” I love GBA retro games and text it’s a lot easier (I have thick fingers).
I love DIY projects so RP’s seems the way to go (Yes, I’ve tried Arduino and I like it but I think that it’s in a whole different league, I think that Arduino is for more complex projects) I’ve read some guides (including MUO’s manual) and I’m reading some code to give me an idea of how things works in Raspbian.
So a little advice here: Never buy tech without trying it first, do a little research, see if the product fills all your needs, see if all the bells and whistles worth your buck. I’m not saying that all of you should turn to Linux and burn your Macs, all that I’m saying is if you want a mac to look cool and edgy buy a past model, no one will tell the difference, if you want a gaming computer, skip Alienware, you can build something better with much less. New is always better but check Craigslist before you buy you may have a great surprise.
Also, love you MUO!!
We like this comment for various reasons… none of which is the declaration of love at the end! Alberto lays out exactly which devices he’s planning on buying and the reasons why. He then makes a startlingly good point about the need to try before you buy rather than be suckered into making a purchase because of hearsay or the desire to own a particular brand. We second this.
We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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