Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Sep 2012 11:26 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The rise of the tablet has heralded changes big and small across the tech ecosystem, from a booming market for cloud storage to the fall of Flash. If the computing industry was a stagnant pond in late 2009, the introduction of tablets a few months later was less akin to a pebble flicked from the shore and more like a boulder hurled from 10 feet up. The ripples have been widespread and lasting." Simple question: if an ordinary user used her laptop to check Facebook, the news, and read a few blogs, and now uses a tablet to do the exact same thing - how much has really changed? Are any of the things mentioned in this article - the rise of HTML5, streaming video, and internet storage - really the result of tablets?
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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by dragos.pop on Tue 11th Sep 2012 11:50 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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I'd argue that smartphones (even before the iPhone) have contributed much more to this "change" we're speaking of. This is especially true for lower income people in developing countries. They'd have never thought of buying a desktop/laptop + home internet connection, but by replacing their old dumbphone (most of these people never had landlines before) with a cheap smartphone and decent prepaid plan, they're at least "connected" like the rest of us now without having to break the bank too much or resort to a cybercafe.


While I do agree that smartphones have contributed to this "change", people in developing countries that could not afford a PC+Internet did not change their dumbphones with smartphones.

Mobile internet is more expensive than home internet and a PC is not so expensive. But I don't know the situation in Africa or rural parts of India for example.

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