Scot Finnie: A call for mobile innovation – Computerworld

Scot Finnie of Computerworld offers some interesting observations about the mobile industry. Consider:

The term PC industry has been rendered obsolete by the dramatically slowing growth of PC sales and the rapid adoption of mobile technologies. Gartner reports that at the end of 2012, the worldwide installed base of notebook, desktop and tablet PCs was over 1.75 billion. In October of last year, Strategy Analytics tagged the number of smartphones currently in use at over 1 billion globally, and it projects that the installed base of tablets will surpass 780 million in 2016.

Though I’m not entirely sure there’s consensus about this one:

The cliche about tablets is that they’re media-consumption devices, not content-creation devices. But that argument ignores the facts. Why? Because despite what the pundits opine, it’s human nature to create content, and all forms of computing require input of at least short strings of text. It’s easier to do that on the go with a smaller, hand-size smartphone than it is with a larger tablet. Touchscreen user interfaces spur you to hold the device with one hand and tap, scroll and swipe the screen with the other. But to use a tablet’s virtual keyboard efficiently — with two hands — you need to prop a 9- or 10-inch device on a table or your lap. And it’s awkward to use a two-thumb typing approach on larger tablets. The transition from touch manipulation of the screen to entering text is fairly natural with a smartphone. With a tablet, it can be tiresome.

Which do you prefer for content-creation, smartphones or tablets? Let us know. And read more here Scot Finnie: A call for mobile innovation – Computerworld.