It’s 2017. With smartphones getting better and better, do you still need a laptop? Before we start, I want to take a minute to say that professionals still need laptops (and in most cases, desktops). This article is targeted towards the average consumer.
Smartphones are perfect for everyday tasks such as web browsing, social media, basic gaming, and streaming video. If you’d like to watch video on a bigger screen, you can pick up a Chromecast for $35. This allows you to cast the content right to your TV – no computer required.
More Intensive Tasks
This is where things get interesting, when things get more complicated. Now days, it’s not unusual for the average consumer to have their own blog. Managing a WordPress site on your phone is a tedious process. While there is a WordPress app, can you imagine typing an entire article on your phone? Also, one thing’s for sure: you won’t be setting up a WordPress site on your phone. You’ll need to borrow a laptop from a friend.
Typing a Paper or Article
This poses similar challenges similar to WordPress. Typing a paper on your phone will be no fun! While you could technically plug in a USB keyboard, or connect a Bluetooth keyboard, the process of typing and editing on a small screen is tedious. I wouldn’t recommend typing anything in-depth on your phone.
Paying Utility Bills
Paying bills on your phone is a breeze with modern panels from services like Verizon (or any phone carrier). Comcast has also optimized their panel for mobile, so you’ll have no problem paying your Comcast bill. Unfortunately, some local utility companies, have dinosaur websites. This means that while it is possible to pay the utility bill from phone phone, you’ll be pinching and zooming for days.
So, Do You Need a Laptop?
After analyzing those categories, do you need a laptop? If you live a simple life, don’t manage a blog or type papers, and don’t mind an extra few minutes to pay your bills, then no, you don’t need a laptop. You will be able to function perfectly well on your phone. If, however, you manage a blog, type papers, or are a tech enthusiast who requires programs such as Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Final Cut, or Pro Tools, you absolutely need a laptop!
A Happy Medium: Chromebooks
For the average consumer, if you can afford it, I would recommend getting a Chromebook. They can be cheaper than a Windows or Mac laptop, and offer several benefits. The main thing to know is that they only run Google Chrome. What? Seems limiting, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s really not. Everything I’ve mentioned that the average consumer does can all be done in your web browser. Typing documents can be done in Google Docs, and there are websites for basic photo editing in your browser. A Chromebook is actually freeing to the average consumer, because you don’t have to worry about getting viruses, malware, or accidentally installing bloatware that will slow your computer down. Chromebooks are the best option if you live a simple life!