Computer or Cell Phone?

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I read an article regarding the future of the Cell Phone and the majority of people would rather invest in a cell phone w/full internet access to surf the web, do business, etc. as oppose to a computer laptop or desktop?

What are your thoughts?
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  • Profile picture of the author icoachu
    The problem for US, publishers/affiliates, is that ad revenue on mobile devices is LOWER than from websites. Also, email collection is harder.
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  • Profile picture of the author funkynassau
    For me I have both, I wouldn't want just one. It's a whole heck of a lot easier to surf and read on a computer than on a cell phone. Tho I love my cell phone it really is a computer in my pocket, albeit a small one!
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  • Profile picture of the author obin94
    I LOVE my iPhone, but I would not spend $500 on it. I only get the new one if someone in my family plan has an upgrade.

    However, I would easily spend 2.5K on a nice new Mac
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    certainly laptop / desktop
    though I have iphone but hardly use it for internet, don,t know but i dont feel comfortable surfing internet on phone..
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I will always want a computer or laptop to do all my internet/networking needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    If you are an internet marketer, I think you would prefer a computer. The most I ever purchased on a mobile phone, was a pizza, and that was only once...
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  • Profile picture of the author gabysanchez225
    The computer is simply much more comfortable.
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    • Profile picture of the author dpwilliams
      I think preference can depend on the age of your target market. If they are young and have very good eyes...they may prefer a cell phone to surf the internet...but if they are older...say 40+ it is harder for them to see a small screen.
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      • Profile picture of the author George Wright
        Originally Posted by dpwilliams View Post

        I think preference can depend on the age of your target market. If they are young and have very good eyes...they may prefer a cell phone to surf the internet...but if they are older...say 40+ it is harder for them to see a small screen.
        Actually it's the opposite for me. I see the print on my smart phone better.

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  • Profile picture of the author denysapu
    I will always use laptop or computer to do all business. It hurts my eyes when too long surf the net with my mobile phone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rbtmarshall
    was this survey conducted by Facebook? :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author Cali16
      I much prefer using my computer; cell phone screens are very small; not conducive to long hours of online work. I couldn't imagine doing everything on a cell phone - ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author vajra123
    Definitely,desktop and laptop are the best sources for online marketing if we compare it with cell phones.I will prefer laptop rather than cell phones.
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  • Profile picture of the author DotComBum
    Cell phone is great when you are outside your home, but if you are at home, most people will still use a PC or laptop to access internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Niranpr
    People tend to search more on smartphone especially local search.
    For example restaurant nearby.
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  • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
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    If I were to choose, I'd always prefer to use a laptop than a cellphone. I'll be more productive in using a laptop than in a cellphone. I tried it already so I'm speaking from experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author whland
    I'll always prefer a desktop or laptop computer. I find it hard to type on my touch screen android phone and the screen size is a bit annoying on the phone.

    I'll never give up the laptop or desktop.

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  • Profile picture of the author iamrichard
    both of them has their own merits, so that is why ipad comes in the play. I love the new surface, it is kind of merger mobile phone and desktop. I believe, the newer versions will do better job to bring the benefits from two worlds in one.
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  • Profile picture of the author jchengery
    Hello everyone,

    While I am using my iPad more and more, I still find it easier to do many more activities on my laptop, mostly due to the larger screen and easier-to-use keyboard. I have used my iPad for social media (have HootSuite on both my iPad and laptop) and have purchased some Internet marketing products (including WSOs) on my iPad, as well as done some banking on my iPad, but I still find the laptop as my central place for doing Internet marketing activities, editing and writing ebooks, editing and writing articles, posting on social media, etc.

    I agree that mobile devices are harder to monetize because of the smaller screen; I also think that it will be harder for mobile devices to keep up with all of the computing tasks that most people do, and especially Internet marketers.

    Consider all that most people do, and especially Internet marketers:

    - Print out documents (can't do that easily from a smartphone or tablet)
    - Compose documents (Word/OpenOffice virtually non-existent on smartphones and tablets)
    - Handling multiple intensive applications at once (such as video, audio, word processor, ebook creation software, etc. - need a desktop/laptop to handle that easily, if at all; a smartphone/tablet would be overwhelmed).
    - Etc.

    Essentially, I see the challenge with mobile devices, at least in the short term, is that they're not going to be able to easily have the processing power necessary to handle multiple, intensitve tasks that many people, businesses, and entrepreneurs need to accomplish to succeed in their businesses. Surfing the Internet to check out a sports score or look up where the nearest Starbucks is at or watching a video that a friend sent while you're out and about can be handled pretty readily by a smartphone/tablet, but entrepreneurs and businesses need to do much more than that to succeed in their occupations. Smartphones/tablets will not be able to easily accommodate stronger processing chips because of the heat they give out and the lack of being able to properly cool the smartphones/tablets like laptops can be cooled. In time, the chips won't produce as much heat, but as several stories have shown with both the iPhone and the new iPad (iPad 3), the heat coming from these devices can be considerable at times, and they still can't do the multiple, resource-intensive tasks that a laptop or desktop can do.

    That is why I don't see smartphones/tablets wiping out laptops through at least the end of this decade. Desktops may be a different story, especially since they can't offer the portability of a laptop, but they may still have a place for a few more years. After that, perhaps just large businesses with complex IT infrastructures will have desktops; entrepreneurs with home businesses or small companies can probably do everything that is needed via laptops, which have closed the gap considerably in recent years when it comes to their processing power in comparison to desktops.

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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
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    I think in future Mobile / cell phone will be the best mean to surf the Internet. Already the updated mobiles are so much user friendly that I don't use my Laptop without any important tasks.
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    • Profile picture of the author HeatherH
      Originally Posted by marketwarrior06 View Post

      I think in future Mobile / cell phone will be the best mean to surf the Internet. Already the updated mobiles are so much user friendly that I don't use my Laptop without any important tasks.
      Out of 27 responses so far, you are the only one that is predicting the cell phone will be used more often to surf the web, very interesting, thanks so much for your input!
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  • Profile picture of the author successpaving
    With computer, you can work easily, you can work fast, if you use computer then you would work in a routine, you would treat your work as office work, with mobile these things can't be expected.
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  • Profile picture of the author theman22
    Computer is much better for working or reading but the phone is good for chat and simpler things on the go
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  • Profile picture of the author shane_k
    Originally Posted by HeatherH View Post

    I read an article regarding the future of the Cell Phone and the majority of people would rather invest in a cell phone w/full internet access to surf the web, do business, etc. as oppose to a computer laptop or desktop?

    What are your thoughts?
    I wonder if this article was written by someone who is trying to sell you a mobile phone, or sell you on this idea so you will buy their mobile marketing product/WSO?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mindstorms
    Originally Posted by HeatherH View Post

    invest in a cell phone w/full internet access to surf the web, do business, etc. as oppose to a computer laptop or desktop?
    do business <= first thought comes to mind... what kind of business?

    I'm pretty 'mobile' myself... but all I ever pay for using my phone are: apps, small food items, drinks, tickets, admission, etc.

    With my tablet, I've gone further... ebooks, software

    Most of the time before I buy anything online, I'll do research first -- inasmuch I prefer doing this via my notebook (maybe my tablet).

    Btw Heather, do you have the link to the article?
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    If i were to choose one, i will choose my computer..

    I only use my iPhone to respond to emails and PMs and rarely do any other thing because i don't find it smooth like my PC.

    Smart phones can and will never outsmart computers because computer do the serious job.
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  • Profile picture of the author celina29
    Yes its true that mobiles are gaining popularity even in doing business , surfing net , etc. But still computers have their own important role. our complete business cannot be handled through mobile. We will always need computer laptop or desktop.


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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    Great thread!
    Happy to see people sharing their thoughts in having a cellphone or computer.

    For me, I would rather to have my computer in doing my online business.
    Smartphones just have a portability advantage. I use my smartphones for some reasons just like updating your emails, facebook, skype and any medium of communication. I am not even comfortable browsing the net using my phone. Computer has a lot more advantage comparing to smartphones.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Mobile marketing is fast expanding, but I'd still stick to my laptop and desktop for purposes of convenience, and my mobile phone for flexibility.
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  • Profile picture of the author markmatthews
    My computer, coz that's were my work is...
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  • Profile picture of the author Wheredmichel
    I recommend mobile because it can be used everywhere and we can connect to our family members and friends. And can be connect to other persons in case of emergency. While the laptop has a battery problem. So, mobile is batter than computer. Therefore mostly community is investing on mobile.
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    • Profile picture of the author fasmail01
      Originally Posted by Wheredmichel View Post

      I recommend mobile because it can be used everywhere and we can connect to our family members and friends. And can be connect to other persons in case of emergency. While the laptop has a battery problem. So, mobile is batter than computer. Therefore mostly community is investing on mobile.
      This is not true.Connect to family and friends means you using it for social media and not business. Besides, your assertion is also wrong, Not all laptops has battery problem ! And also the argument is Computer and not just laptops alone.

      To me, i only use cell phone internet to check and responds to mails, but business, i don't joke with my business on cell phones
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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Elss
        Originally Posted by fasmail01 View Post

        This is not true.Connect to family and friends means you using it for social media and not business. Besides, your assertion is also wrong, Not all laptops has battery problem ! And also the argument is Computer and not just laptops alone.

        To me, i only use cell phone internet to check and responds to mails, but business, i don't joke with my business on cell phones
        That's the way I do it as well. I don't care how advanced cell phones become, I can't ever see being as productive using a cell phone over a PC.
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        • Profile picture of the author howtogurus
          If you are talking about selling through a web site then I would recommend making sure that your web site will display properly on all devices. I wouldn't limit my market by saying I will only sell to computer users, or I will only sell to smart phone users, etc. Unless my product was specific to a particular device, like smart phone apps.
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  • Profile picture of the author rohits
    Both are the same useful use in this time laptop and mobile also......
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  • Profile picture of the author Aweinerws
    Although both have their utilities, I would actually go for a mobile. Mobiles these days have better usefulness than a desktop. Think, if you are to attend an event, and you have an event management app for the event installed, you can actually get real time updates on your mobile regarding who the speakers will be, what will be the topics of their discussion and even join in the after event discussions through the mobile app all on the go. You can even have event schedules updated as and when they happen.
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    • Profile picture of the author HeatherH
      Originally Posted by Aweinerws View Post

      Although both have their utilities, I would actually go for a mobile. Mobiles these days have better usefulness than a desktop. Think, if you are to attend an event, and you have an event management app for the event installed, you can actually get real time updates on your mobile regarding who the speakers will be, what will be the topics of their discussion and even join in the after event discussions through the mobile app all on the go. You can even have event schedules updated as and when they happen.
      Excellent response for the Cell Phone, as you can see the majority here is for the computer....so responses like yours makes be believe that the cell phone is right behind the computer for online usage. Thanks!
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    phone synced with laptop=ULTIMATE POWER!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Cecil Dee
    Quad core I7 computing with 8 gb of RAM, 1 TB memory on an easily portable 17.3" screen. No iphone or droid comes close to this experience. A good laptop is worth $1000-$1500 of my coin, but no cell/smart phone is worth that to me. Although I do like my Samsung droid quite a bit. Oh, I almost forgot 9.5 hours of battery life!
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Gee, that is like an automobile mechanic asking "Monkey wrench or screwdriver?"

    Different tools. Both necessary.

    If you really are interested in building a business, a computer is a business tool. A cell phone is a communications tool.

    Heather, I don't mean to sound harsh, but starting a business takes a little planning.

    How on earth you plan to do the accounting necessary to run a business, gather the information necessary to give to your accountant, and print out financial reports from a cell phone?

    If you are starting a business, you do have an accountant don't you? You do have a business license for your county don't you? If not, you are not serious about building a business, and are only playing a game.

    You hire an accountant before setting up your business, and he or she will set up a bookkeeping system for you. This makes life so simple.

    Yes, you need both a computer with the necessary software, and a phone.

    :-Don
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheila Ross
    Personally, I always prefer a Laptop or desktop computer to access internet. My mobile device is not good for internet surfing.
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  • At this day and age, you couldn't live a functional life without any of them both. And it doesn't mean that the emergence of mobile phone subscribers will affect the total number of computer/laptop users.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathaniel Wright
    I would much rather have my lap top computer. Because of over using cell phones, many people have diminished communication skills.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shining JS
    I think the problems is will the buyers still like to purchase things on their mobile phone, or they prefer shopping in their desktop.I personally like buying things on desktop rather than on mobile phone.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Micheal
    I do both for my business.
    However, i like to use my big screen desktop computer.
    I only use smart phone to check email and order from my customer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
    Consumers will be more on the end using only mobile devices to access internet.
    Sellers and Providers sure have to use all of the tools.


    I use Android phone to be in touch with my customers through email,
    and my team in office (when i am not in office) through gmail chat on phone.

    I also check almost all emails, RSS reading and quick browse searches using phone.
    [CON: Battery Goes off so quickly ]


    But for other business stuff like programming, testing and browsing and research i love
    to use Laptop.
    [CON: Laptop gets heated so quickly ]


    And you know what for Heavy stuff and gaming i love my desktop, it never gets heated and battery never goes off!

    I consider working from my desktop to be a luxury

    Thanks
    Mohsin
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