The limits of mobile device convergence.

Posted on 21 February 2006, Last updated on 16 March 2019 by

The simple fact is that you’ll never get everything on one device. It wont happen until we evolve better eyes and smaller fingers.

You cant watch a video for any length of time on anything under 3.5″ across.
You cant type at an efficient speed on anything less than a mini-qwerty keyboard.

So why bother trying to cram it all in to one device? i guess the marketing people can answer that question and its probably something to do with customer perception.
If you do buy the all-in-one device though, I can guarantee you wont get the best out of it.

I’ll go into a few details in the next post about what I consider the optimal convergence to be and what ‘all-in-one’ means. Some convergence is definately possible but becuase of device overlaps, physical constraints and a tendency for many technologies to evolve towards the smartphone, a new device segment is being created.

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