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Smartphones are dead Part I: This is the age of the mini-tablet

I am a huge science-fiction fan. As such I have "seen" worlds where technology and humanity collide in such intricate ways that attempts to discern where one ends, and the other begins is often an exercise in futility. It is the realm of human imagination that brought us the worlds of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, Dan Simmons Hyperion, Arthur C. Clarke's 2001, Isaac Asimov's Foundations series or the infinite worlds of an exhaustive list of other visionaries. This realm of boundless imagination is the same place of human consciousness that has plucked elements from those worlds and planted them firmly in the concrete reality in which we live.

Indeed, science fiction has often been the "prophetic" musings of individuals who, before their time, envisioned significant technological advances. They then took pen to paper and articulated how these advances would integrate within, alter and even direct social norms, culture, society, health care, politics, communication and even war. As such much of the technology we use today appeared years earlier in the annals of science fiction.

Take cell phones for instance. The flip phones that we began discarding in 2007 for more advanced smartphones are a realization of the remarkably similar communicators from the 1960's Star Trek series. Moreover, those slate styled tablets that began filling the consumer space after the introduction of the iPad in 2010 were foreshadowed in the second installment, The Next Generation, of that same series in 1987.

We are not quite at the cybernetic, forearm-implanted smart devices of Robert Sawyers Neanderthal Parallax that are persistently connected, know us, monitor our health and act proactively in our favor. But the "smartphones", as we call them, that do perform those functions (and more) are simply highly personal smaller versions of the "tablets" that were foreshadowed in Star Trek the Next Generation thirty years ago.

We have grown quite comfortable in calling these particular slate computers that act as a portal and helm to our digital lives – "phones." Given their origin and the fact that telephony is among the primary functions of these devices, this is understandable. But the truth of the matter is that the devices that we carry with us daily on which we perform a broad range of complex computing and which act as an extension of our physical selves into the digital world are no more phones than the Star Ship Enterprise is a yacht.

Smarter than your average phone

The textbook definition of a smartphone is "a mobile phone with an advanced mobile operating system which combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features useful for mobile or handheld use." I get it.

As we've transitioned from what has traditionally been called a "phone" to these newer more sophisticated devices this definition has been a fitting accommodation. Particularly in the earlier days of the cell phones evolution from a mere point-to-point communication device when the phone was first becoming, well, smart.

However, as we've trekked at a dizzying pace from those early evolutionary steps and that initial designation, the transition from phone to what these devices are today has been so complete, revisiting any affiliation of these devices with the word "phone" may be in order. In truth the word "phone" may carry with it a legacy that is becoming increasingly archaic.

This linguistic burden may indeed be out of sync with the direction that the industry is moving. As such, this language may add a cognitive weight to the perceptions of many hindering their ability to fully grasp the position of these devices as personal computers; and the moves company's such as Microsoft and its PC partners Hewlett Packard and Acer are making to position them as such in their ecosystems.

Hindering their ability to fully grasp the positon of these devices as personal computers.

For those who live on the cutting edge of tech such as enthusiasts, tech writers, industry analysts and science fiction writers an embrace of this transition is likely a bit easier. That is, for those who can perceive this shift through the haze of the dominant smartphone paradigm ruled by the iPhone and Android devices. The view of these individuals, whom history may ultimately ascribe the designation visionaries, is likely coalescing around the emerging reality of context-sensitive devices that conform physically and in relation to software to varying scenarios.

It's a slow shift wrought with the inertia of an established paradigm. Invested parties such as Apple and Google and those with an established perception such as analysts and bloggers may be resistant to acknowledging this shift touting the current "establishment" and its entrenched position as a perpetual order.

Evidence of a shifting reality toward an all-in-one personal computing device is dismissed by some.

Evidence of a shifting reality away from a "smartphone-centric" paradigm toward a device that embraces the more complex role of an all-in-one personal computing device is dismissed by some as a dream for which the industry is neither technologically ready nor consumers prepared. I concede that the transition won't be complete tomorrow, but I contend that the foundation is being laid today.

In a world that has embraced 2-in-1 PCs led by Microsoft's category defining Surface, it is not hard to imagine a Continuum enabled smart device that fits in the pocket but is capable of serving as an all-in-one PC. Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella is striving to make that vision a reality:

If anything, one big mistake we made in our past was to think of the PC as the hub for everything for all time to…the high volume device is the six-inch phone...But to think that that's what the future is for all time to come would be to make the same mistake we made in the past…Therefore, we have to be on the hunt for what's the next bend in the curve…We're doing that with our innovation in Windows…features like Continuum.Even the phone, I just don't want to build another phone, a copycat phone operating system, even…when I think about our Windows Phone, I want it to stand for something like Continuum. When I say, wow, that's an interesting approach where you can have a phone and that same phone, because of our universal platform with Continuum, and can, in fact, be a desktop. That is not something any other phone operating system or device can do. And that's what I want our devices and device innovation to stand for.

In considering how far personal computing has come in just the last thirty years and how profound the evolution of the smartphone has been in the last nine, it is not hard envisioning this vision soon becoming a reality.

Back in the day

I grew up in an age before cellphones were in every pocket. I remember the world before a World Wide Web entangled our lives in a complex digital and physical duality. Though I am by no means old, I can recall a time when a computer capable of fitting in a pocket, served humans via digital assistants, connected with a seemingly infinite repository of information and allowed a user to speak with a friend via live video was a thing of science fiction.

To be frank, not only do I remember a world before ubiquitous pocketable computers, but I'm quite acquainted with a time before PCs were commonplace in virtually every home. Thus, I have what is becoming an increasingly less common perspective, where the thought of a phone and a computer occupying the same technological space was the privilege of a visionary and not the common man.

The thought of a phone and computer occupying the same technological space was the privilege of a visionary.

For perspective consider this: My childhood was a time when the word "phone" elicited imagery of a device comprised of a handset connected, via a stretchy coiled wire, to a weighted base with a rotary dial or number pad. This base was tethered to the wall by a wire of finite length. When the phone "rang" it was a literal ring produced by a bell of sorts on the interior of the device. The scope of this devices range of functionality was to allow two or more individuals in distinct locations to speak to one another. Nothing more.

The word "computer" elicited an entirely different image.

A computer was a powerful computational device which I saw on television and read about in stories or the comics books I enjoyed. Or it was the simple television connected Aquarius computer my dad bought me when I was about 10 or 11 years old. Additionally, through a child's eyes, I perceived, via the media, the profound power of these devices. I witnessed a range of functions from data and information management to gaming to the power of computers to help Nasa launch rockets into space.

I also saw the fantastic and imagined applications of computers that were portable, connected wirelessly to vast databases of information and allowed video communication like the character Penny's book-shaped computer from the 1980's cartoon Inspector Gadget.

That said, in no instance during my childhood over 30 years ago did the word "phone" conjure an image of a rectangular slate device dominated by a glass touch-screen display which possessed the range of functionality (and more) of Penny's computer book. A phone was not a computer.

A phone was not a computer.

It's amazing to me that Penny's fictional book-shaped computer, which I as a child, perceived as an incredibly advanced device, is for all intents and purposes our "smartphone" of today. It's even more remarkable that these powerful pocket-sized PCs that are a magnitude more powerful than computers that filled entire rooms mere decades ago are so commonplace and such an integrated part of our lives that we nonchalantly hand them over to babies and toddlers to distract them. It's funny how quickly we become acclimated to things that literally "wowed" us not long ago.

Outgrowing the name

When I was about ten years old, I felt that I had outgrown the nickname my mother had given me years earlier. After I asked her to refrain from calling me that nickname, my mom reluctantly complied. The "smartphones" we carry in our pockets today may have made a similar transition.

Consider this: These pocket-sized "personal computers" which have the processing power of "super-computers" of decades past contain, as a norm, onboard storage capacities ranging from 8GB to 128GB. The 32GB midrange capacity is a full 30 times greater than the 1 GB that was available to me on my first laptop which I bought in 1997 for more than $2000. Moreover, RAM ranging from 2GB – 4GB, on these devices, is commonplace. High definition displays and high-quality sound systems are also standard parts of the package. Imaging technology has reached such heights that these "personal computers" have made basic point-and-shoot cameras nearly obsolete.

CategoryLumia 950iPhone 6s
OSWindows 10 MobileiOS 9
Screen Size5.2 inches4.7 inches
Screen Resolution1440x2560 (564ppi)750x1334 (326ppi)
Processor1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-coreApple A9 64-bit dual-core
Internal Storage32GB16GB/64GB/128GB
External StoragemicroSD
SecurityWindows Hello iris scannerTouch ID fingerprint scanner
Rear Camera20MP ƒ/1.9 PureView camera, triple-LED flash12MP ƒ/2.2 iSight camera, dual-LED flash
Front Camera5MP, wide-angle lens5MP, screen flash
Battery3000mAh removable1715mAh non-removable
ChargingQi wireless, USB Type-C port, Quick ChargeLightning port

Furthermore, they are consistently connected to the internet and place any information on virtually any topic literally at our fingertips. Or with the support of personal digital assistants, information is actually a "Hey Cortana", "Hey Siri" or "OK Google Now" voice-command away.

Additionally, these "PCs" run programs – applications – or apps as we like to call them that enable us to do a variety of things with a single piece of highly portable hardware. For example, we have regular access to feature-rich word processing, intense gaming that makes the arcade games I grew up playing look archaic, a host of communication and social apps that keep us connected and more. If we want to get something done with these "PCs", there is quite literally an app for that.

Given the power of these devices and how their use has evolved in and evolved our lives, culture and the world; and the trend of these pocketable slates toward larger dimensions to more comfortably accommodate a wider range of personal computing activities, it is a wonder that we still refer to them as phones at all.

Phone calls rank sixth in activity conducted on these devices.

I do realize that we still make calls on these "phones." However, a 2014 study revealed that phone calls actually rank sixth in activity on these devices after activity such as text messaging, emailing and checking Facebook. There has indeed been a cultural and industry shift in how we view these devices. We no longer look at them primarily as a point-to-point voice communication device. The fact that specs such as storage capacities, processor speeds, display and camera quality and accessibility to the most popular apps are at the top of a "phone" consumers buying decision, is telling evidence of this reality.

There is clear shift in how we have culturally evolved in the use of these devices. Moreover, OEMs are moving in a direction where they are equipping these devices with a more complex array of high-end hardware akin to what we've traditionally associated with PCs. Given these facts, I think it's time that our language catches up to the reality that that these pocketable personal tablet computers are clearly not "phones" anymore.

Where we go from here

For those who may advocate the position that the identifying of smartphones as "phones" or "tablet personal computers" is merely an exercise in semantics, consider the following:

Words carry with them the power to convey a thought or an idea. This thought or idea when associated with something serves to identify that object. Thus, how something is identified is often followed by how it is then perceived or classified by the masses. The classification of that product determines how it is subsequently positioned in the market. Consequently, a products market position, particularly in the tech industry, affects its ability to take advantage of the direction and trends of the industry and ultimately affects the products impact in that market space. In a nutshell: words matter.

Nadella is on record with conveying that Microsoft is on the hunt for the mobile personal computing paradigm that is beyond the bend in the curve: beyond the smartphone. His language about a "phone…[that]…can, in fact, be a desktop" with the Universal Windows Platform and Continuum is telling of what he believes that paradigm shift will be. We can already see the early stages of how Microsoft will position these highly portable personal computers – "these devices formerly known as smartphones" - in the company's ecosystem and the market at large.

I contend Microsoft's imminent device that fully exemplifies this concept via hardware design and software implementation will be more closely identified with a personal computer than a phone. This "device formerly known as a smartphone" will be positioned to accommodate the increasing demands of mobile personal computing in a way competing devices without a universal platform or context sensitive OS cannot.

Finally, though Surface "Phone" is the broadly used moniker for the anticipated Microsoft hero device, I posit that its potential market position as an ultra-mobile personal computer (with telephony) will result in an exclusion of "phone" entirely from its ultimate name and industry positioning.

This is just the beginning

You say puh-tey-toh (potato), I say puh -tuh-toh (potato). You say phone; I say tablet computer. Microsoft says, the foundation for the personal computing "device formerly known as a smartphone."

Whatever Microsoft will call the devices powered by Windows 10 Mobile after the launch of its next flagship early next year they will be positioned as the next step in personal computing. And rest assured they will not be phones.

Stay tuned for "Smartphones are dead Part II: Microsoft and the device formerly known as a smartphone."

In the meantime sound off in comments and meet me on Twitter @JLTechWord to continue the discussion!

Jason L Ward is a columnist at Windows Central. He provides unique big picture analysis of the complex world of Microsoft. Jason takes the small clues and gives you an insightful big picture perspective through storytelling that you won't find *anywhere* else. Seriously, this dude thinks outside the box. Follow him on Twitter at @JLTechWord. He's doing the "write" thing!

  • As usual thanks for reading. We are living at an interesting juncture in the evolution of personal computing. Some see the shift toward an all-in-one personal computing device as an organic evolution of how we use or "smartphones"(mini-tablets). Others see the shift as a large corporation, Microsoft attempting to force this change in the direction of it's own strengths. The truth is it's likely a combination of both. A fuller truth is that it is likely inevitable. Will Microsoft change the game and become a leader on the new personal computing paradigm or will Google's imminent play at a combined OS(due to be announced this year and released next year) put them at the top? Or will Apple in thier unique way offer a solution in thier closed environment that tips the balance? Lots to think about. Let's talk!
  • iSteal will probably be copycat and copying Microsoft's ideas. Sent from pichke materine ;)
  • But Apple have been able to connect by HDMI to TVs and monitors for years. Any Apple device was able to screen mirror from the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s. I have been using iOS as a way of having a pocket computer for years. With a Bluetooth keyboard and wireless printer/scanner Apple devices make excellent pocket computers, not to the same level as Continuum, but certainly very capable devices. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Even of that's the case, apple hooking up to a tv is nothing more than a phone or tablet running on a screen whereas continuum is computer like Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
    on My surface phone
  • We have recently trialled a 950 at work and believe me this is not look me running full blown computer either. With iOS can browse the Internet, send emails, create documents, print, scan and use apps. Not sure what else I would want to do on a home computer. In fact it does most of these things faster than my desktop computer at work. The only thing it lacks is the ability to scale to a large screen monitor, the menus bars are much too large on the large screen. This is also true of my android phones and windows phones not running Continuum. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Crosswhite: I can give you four immediate examples that work better with Continuum: the mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. When you run them in 'phone' mode, they're scaled down and much more limited or difficult to use. When you switch to desktop mode or run them on a tablet, they become much more serious productivity apps. You personally may not have a use for them, but there are enough people who do that they've become some of the most popular downloads on all three platforms.
  • You have got me all wrong. I do use all of the office apps on my phones, windows, Android and iOS. I do realise they are a better experience on Continuum devices, but they work perfectly fine on other devices using screen mirroring, Bluetooth keyboards and mouse. The original poster said Apple would copy the features of Continuum and call it there own. I was just trying to point out that Apple had seen the advantages of taking phone apps to the big screen years ago. I have no doubt that eventually all 3 OS's will offer similar features if they become really popular. This is what I have always wanted in a phone but I am not sure even 1% of all mobile phone users are interested in it. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • 99 persent: I think you've not made this distinction clear. With all other phones and tablets (Windows included), the screen simply mirrors what's on the screen of the phone or tablet. With Continuum, the phone switches from classic smartphone mode, to a quasi-desktop mode and acts more like a desktop system. Because of how UWP works - a properly written UWP app has almost nothing to do to make this switch - it's just a resize. That ability to switch to a desktop-like mode doesn't exist for iOS or Android, and since most apps on those platforms aren't design to resize (although auto-layout on both platforms provides most of the same functionality), they won't cope as well.
  • Thx for clearing that up sir, you've explained it well Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
    on My surface phone
  • Hooking tour Apple device to your HDTV is such a limited, but expected consumer/iCattle response to Microsoft's Continuum. Apple has nothing comparable to Continuum: NOTHING.
  • Keep believing this if you want. I can use MS office, Google's equivalent office products and Apple's iWork suite all on my old iPhone4. I can print from and scan directly to my iPhone yet my Lumia 735 running Windows 10 on the insider slow program does not do this. I can also use Adobe Fill and Sign app to fill in pdf documents which is still not available on Windows phones. What productivity do you do on your phone that cannot be done on an iPhone? At work all our company mobile phones are Windows phones, yet most members of staff simply have their phone diverted to their own personal phones, mostly iPhones. Posted via the Windows Central app
  • Crosswhite17, how were you able to connect a mouse to your iPhone4? 
  • You can connect a mouse to Continuum capable phones. Can you do the same on your iPhone? Can't imagine being productive in Excel for example if you can't use a mouse with it.
  • You use the arrow keys on your keyboard in Excel, the same as I do using on my desktop. Not really difficult at all. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Actually I don't use my iPhone 4 on the big screen as the iPhone 4 did not support screen mirroring, which only came in with the 4S. It is no problem on my iPad though as I just use the arrow keys on the keyboard. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Well using MS Office on iPhone4's 960x640, without a mouse, is not what you would call productive. So there's your answer, while it's true you can run MS Office on your iPhone4, I doubt it will be of any use, much more productive, without a big screen and a mouse. And while you can mirror your iPad screen to a large display, you can't use a mouse which is a pain for most people and again not very productive.
  • Actually it is very useful in my iPhone. I often have documents emailed to me that I can open up and edit and email back. I can also print and scan to to my wireless desktop printer that is not supported in Windows 10 mobile. Have you ever watched the Microsoft videos that showed you how to be productive on your Windows phone? Well I can do all that and more on my iPhone, which by the way is not my primary phone. I just can't understand your hatred for Apple, if you don't like their products, don't use them. I use Android, Windows and iOS and all are great products, but in my opinion iOS is just more compatible with the third party devices that I use.
  • I didn't say I hate Apple. You seem to be reading something else from what you're seeing. I have an iPhone 5s and I'm quite sure the experience editing Office documents in it is nowhere near what people would call "productive". You can edit one or two things here and there but to say it's "productive" is a bit of a stretch. As for printing, it seems you can do that now in the latest builds using network printers so it really looks like you're the one hating, not me.
  • You can't be serious in that you think you can be productive using arrow keys in Excel... How small are you datasets?? haha Do the CTRL+Arrow commands work on the mobile apps at least?
  • I was able to connect my N8 to the TV via HDMI long before the iPhone could do the same. But you should understand that this was just simple mirroring. Continuum is something entirely different. It's a computer that adapts to the screen.
  • Heh, I just replied the same. The N8 was a really interesting device, after all.
  • I could connect my old Nokia N8 to a mouse via USB and probably to a keyboard either through USB or bluetooth, then its display to an external monitor through its built in mini-HDMI. Continuum is a different use paradigm than using a phone with a keyboard, mouse and monitor because you use the exact same apps that on your PC.  That's not the case even with the sub-OS that is iOS in respect to OS X, and is exactly what Microsoft are achiving with Windows 10 Continuum. Hence its importance.
  • I second that. Btw I live near your place, pal.
  • ...sure, and Microsoft has never stolen any idea from anyone else....the problem with Microsoft is they just don't execute it well. Anyone for a Zune? 
  • Hey Jason, great new series
    As usual, i have a few points of make Firstly, while it is true that smartphones have moved into the 5-6 inch bracket, i don't believe that the smartphone as a smartphone is dead, curtsy of the title, i think that the future of mobility and productivity is not dependant on the size of the device but it's ability to power a fully blown, productivity oriented experience, in this respect I agree with your points over continuum being the first step towards such an experience, but if i may say, i will not say the pc as a productivity tool is dead, it has simply transformed into a smaller form factor in terms of powerful laptops and Ultrabook's, even today, heavy rendering and editing are done on pc's because it's power has nit been harnessed into a smaller form factor.
    Nonetheless, i feel, and i base this of a rumor, is the fact that a windows 10 mobile device running on an x86 architecture is truly the future od consumer and enterprise mobility and productivity. If such a device is ever to exit, no matter what the form factor, it could say be a 4/5 inch device as well, it would still change the computing landscape.
    So it's not about size but the experience a device can power. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • @Dhanakit Thanks for the input to the discussion:-) -------------------------------
    Jason L Ward @JLTechWord
  • @Jason absolutely, its a pleasure to read your work :D
  • Guess they are dead. Use to pick my smartphone up every 15 seconds, now it's every 30 seconds.
  • Jason while you have great editorial skills, I feel that you have a naive view of Windows phone to a point where I feel like you being paid by Nadella to write these articles. 
  • U think chrome OS can surpass windows 10 ...........then i think for this naive view google would be paying u!!!!!!
  • That is a ridiculous accusation. Because he sees and agrees with the vison doesn't mean that he's in cahoots with the visionary. Who is paying you to disagree?
  • Make a wild guess!!!!
  • Naive would be to say that Microsoft will conquer the world next month and both iOS and Android market share will suddenly crash to less than 10%. What Jason has been putting forth in his great articles is a clear prediction of the future, not just for Microsoft but for technology in general, these predictions I feel have been totally accurate and in any case never say that Microsoft will be able to claim huge market share as again I feel that would be naive too. What Windows 10 and this whole concept of Continuum brings is clearly the next step forward for technology, if I could have a "phone" that is actually a full blown PC running x86 apps, why would I buy a phone that can play angry birds and let me update my facebook? I am certain that by 2018 Microsoft will have a respectable market share in the mobile space, but here I am talking more along the lines of 10% globally, not 50% etc. At the moment, Windows 10 Mobile is not ready, the ecosystem is not mature enough yet and the hardware is not there yet either, however the concept and the basis for everything is already here today and it is evolving rapidly, as such Microsoft is already in the best position to bring about this huge shift in mobile. The key thing here is timing, I think the timeline that Microsoft is working on is actually one of the most genius parts of their plans, by this time next year so many different plans will be paying off and coming together at the same time it will reveal the result that we as Windows fans have all been waiting for I.e. Apps, true flagship hardware and finally both marketing and focus on mobile. It's not easy to track all the different announcements, rumours, leaks and public comments coming from Microsoft and then turn it into one big picture but luckily for us, we have Jason to do all that hard work for us and he has done an excellent job so far. To dismiss his research and opinions as naive without any real basis or argument is actually being naive.
  • Sadly playing angry birds and updating Facebook is all 90% of the dirty herd want.
    Continuum is very cool but sadly will be a niche corporate product.
    If they ended up garnering 10% market share as a consequence MS would be over the moon, but that dream is akin to flying there at this point.
  • Microsoft will not pay even a penny to someone who writes WP will one day be successful. They simply laugh when they see articles like this. ------------
    iPhone first, iCloud first.
  • Someone give this man a beer...
  • I think it's worse. He actually believes much of what MS says. Otoh, so do I :)
    This is a solidly written article that gives a much needed "when I was your age" perspective. We tend to forget that there are people reading this, who've never had to type LOAD "" into their computers. There is a generation gap between us who dreamt the electric dreams and those fast and furious kids of today.
    There's but one small typo in Arthur Clarke's last name.
  • @imo786 Thanks for the compliment of my writing. If you really look at my writing the primary position is that of providing analysis and communicating a complex strategy. Though,yes I am optimistic, I am neither paid by nor given any sort of perks to offer this analysis. As one that provides this analysis I support my analysis with quotes and industry that for me paints the picture I share.
    I don't come up with the perspective first. I see the data, industry trends, moves by others in the industry consumer behavior, technological advances and put into prose the picture that collage if data paints. I enjoy an intelligent discourse. I invite you to share with me your perspective with supporting evidence that will move me from my position of "naitivity" to a more informed status. Thanks for joining the conversation!:-) -------------------------------
    Jason L Ward @JLTechWord
  • At a time where all article writers and bloggers focus on the current events, a futuristic approach is what we need and Jason has delivered again. From the person who rekindled the hope in Windows mobile to the person who is shifting the focus towards the future, Jason never fails to surprise. Never have I read such an article where a bridge between the present and the future is clearly stated. Once again I thank you for this masterpiece and I hope for more articles the near future.
  • Could not have said it better friend. Jason's rational thinking and writing goes far beyond what typical blogging and other media garbage most what to read. He asks one to think and consider. So many people are stuck on yesterday, cannot get past today and tomorrow is not in there future. Jason, how wish your writings were seen by the majority... I know Daniel/Rene handles all the new gadgetry of today and talks about what people want today... But your writings are truly defining and worth more than all mobile nations to me. Stuff like this keeps me coming back. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Now that MS apologists are convinced that they have lost the smartphone war, they now like to make themselves believe that the smartphone itself is dead. "The grapes are sour. I don't want them," said the fox, going away.
  • i Phone no more!
  • @Maktaba Fool's opinion about Microsoft. You can't imagine what Microsoft is thinking,what Microsoft is inventing.
    Fox can't tear(understand) grapes, so grapes are Sour.
  • Jason states that Google are going the same way as Microsoft this year with one OS...... so Jason seems to see where technology is going. As for apologists and sour grapes..... it's you that seems bitter.
  • It is naive to think that mobile computing won't evolve beyond what it is now. The companies/platforms that are best prepared for this can be debated. But that doesn't change the fact that things will change.
  • This is a very superficial way to interpret the article.
    Sent from Mail on my HAL 9000
  • Yes. Jason Ward has been writing about a "game changing" device for months now. You haven't been paying attention.
  • Amen to that. Sorry guys (and gals) but the Windows phone thing is kind of dead. 2% of global share and dropping is well beyond where businesses' start to pull the plug and rethink their strategy. But Microsoft deserves as much of the blame as the public; they took trashed some of the key reasons the public did respond positively to Nokia devices (cameras, social networking, maps, etc) and pretty much killed it all off. Microsoft could have bought HERE and they didn't. 
  • Google is already thinking if a similar path and that's because they agree that this is the future. I think back to when games had to be bought in a box and installed from a disk. Now people use services like steam and can have their entire game collection wherever they go without carrying 100 discs. Tv was once the only avenue for entertainment and again discs. Now you login to a cheap service like Netflix and watch what you want. Things are changing. You have this powerful rectangular box but it's limited to screen size and input. This box should transform based on your need instead of buying all these separate devices to do what the current device is powerful enough to do for you. Input and screen size shouldn't be a limitation with all this processing power. And these devices will only become more powerful. What good is it showing off how powerful your phone is when you still are limited to what every other phone does. At this point it's only there for bragging rights. My phone scored so high on antutu... Let's login to Facebook and chat... Seriously makes very little sense. These phones are more powerful than a lot of laptops, make good use of them, turn them into something different. Something that will make the high price tag worth it. Maybe she's born with it