How Have Mobile Phones Started to Completely Replace Computers?

Mobile phones have been an integral part of our lives for many years now. You can’t go anywhere without taking one or seeing one. As a result, developers in various industries have attempted to capitalise on the ‘mobile movement’ by creating all sorts of innovative tech to pair with your phone. This has led to some incredible advancements, making other forms of technology virtually redundant. One of the most prominent examples of this is the computer. Though they still have their uses, we don’t rely on them half as much as we did twenty years ago. But how exactly have our mobile phones started to completely replace computers? Let’s answer this question by taking a deep dive into mobile trends and technology. If you’d like to find out more, then keep reading.

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Mobile phones are much cheaper to purchase than a computer or laptop. This makes them more accessible and appealing to a larger consumer element of the marketplace. As such, there’s a greater demand for phones, and decreasing demand for computers, leading to investors and the like to lose interest in computing companies and focus more on mobile developers.


Phones have always had the edge on computers when it comes to convenience and portability. After all, nobody can casually carry 13kg’s worth of equipment in their pocket. What’s more, as the capabilities of mobile phones have improved, we now have round-the-clock access to all the applications we need. Gone are the days where we used to wait around for our computers to load so we could access files.


The internet was first introduced for computers, but now mobile phones have adopted it for their own purposes with 4G. Whether it’s browsing google, shopping via apps, messaging on social media or searching for directions, we can use the internet wherever and whenever we want on our phones. This is an invaluable and extremely useful tool.


Computer systems used to be the only way people could play games. Nowadays, it’s looking like mobile gaming is overtaking console gaming. Not only is this type of gaming more convenient, providing entertainment for travelling, but it’s also easier for local play games. Using your phone’s web browser for playing is an option, too, with online iGaming websites that can be found on being completely compatible for desktop, laptop, pad and mobile.


The storage capability of phones has also massively increased over the past ten years or so and is predicted to continue to grow exponentially. People used to only be able to store contact details and text messages back in the day; now we have everything from our medical records to thousands of photographs, all contained in a device the size of the palm of our hand. There’s also such a thing as the ‘cloud’ – this allows people to back up their data, so they never have to worry about losing it if their phone breaks. Soon enough, we’ll be able to do without using our computers for data storage completely.


Businesses are relying less and less on their computers to keep operations running, instead using mobile phones wherever they can because they’re a much more convenient option. What’s more, people are actually able to run businesses using only their phones nowadays. You can see this exemplified with eCommerce companies like Etsy, which allow retailers to sell goods via a mobile app.


Computers have always been incredibly useful tools regarding organisation, allowing us to create spreadsheets and calendars for all intents and purposes. Smartphones have followed suit, allowing you to create and use these organisational tools far more quickly and easily. As mobiles are so convenient, they’ve been able to take things a step further. They’re alarm systems, timers, notebooks, trackers, reminders and calendars all in one device. Computers could never compete with this level of integration with our real lives.


We used to rely on computer emails to keep in touch with our loved ones and send them important attachments. Smartphones have completely replaced the computer (and old-fashioned landlines) in this regard, with social media apps meaning we always stay connected, regardless of where we are in the world. We can instantly send one another videos, pictures and files with a simple tap on the screen now.

These are some of the main ways our mobiles have started to replace the computer. While large data and complicated processes still can’t be completed on a phone, who knows what else the future might hold?