howtogeek at July 18th, 2013 12:34 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/165585/experience-the-future-of-computers-today-turn-your-galaxy-s4-into-a-pc-with-a-smart-dock/
Have you ever thought that Smartphones these days are so advanced they could actually replace the PC in your everyday computing life? Today, we here at HTG will review using the Galaxy S4 with the “Smart Dock Multimedia Hub” as a PC replacement.
nathanael_dale_ at July 18th, 2013 16:57 — #2
I would want to use the Ubuntu phone if I were to do something this crazy. I just HAVE to have my steam games...
tvollmer at July 18th, 2013 17:07 — #3
I think you fail to realize that there will always be a place for the PC until a few things happen:
- Phones and tablets would need a lot more internal storage (not everyone wants there data in an unreliable and slow cloud.)
2 . Processing power and graphics still have a ways to go on phones and tablets (sure they look pretty good with some of there APPS but nothing compared to what is needed for a full blown operating system, complex scientific software or top of the line video games.)
I could probably go on for a while. My point is basically that smartphones and tablets are great for what they are mobile convenience devices.
The APPS for the phones and tablets are mostly created on a PC.
You can dress it up and add a keyboard/mouse ... but well.. its still a phone.
Someday however I do believe a smartphone could replace PC's but i think that time is a long way off
simon_p at July 19th, 2013 04:01 — #4
External Keyboard Helper Pro will help you out with your external keyboard!
I use it with an Android tablet and bluetooth keyboard and it's great for keeping the on-screen keyboard hidden, you can set up shortcuts, there's even a way to create text expansion strings (though it's a little funky to figure out the last one).
nsdcars5 at July 19th, 2013 11:01 — #5
Now I just need to take my dad's S4, and...
jay1 at July 19th, 2013 14:31 — #6
This is definitely the future, is it going to be the future tomorrow or next year, probably not, but one day it sure is, at one point mobile CPUs will get fast enough and that's when that era will begin, just like what happened with laptops, years ago laptops couldn't hold a candle to a desktop but now they are a complete replacement and, the 2nd point, is they got to a point that they didn't need to get any faster for the vast majority of people, the same will happen with mobiles.
Other than the CPU and GPU needing a speed boost, storage would need a boost cloud will never be an acceptable solution in my book, although a NAS at home could be a solution purely at home only and also x64 bit CPUs which I understand are coming sometime.
I must say I'm excited by the prospect of the Ubuntu phone and where you dock it it scales up to a tablet, a full computer or even a 10 foot interface for a TV, there's a lot to be excited about in the years to come.
nsdcars5 at July 19th, 2013 14:52 — #7
Say, could an Ubuntu phone be modified to add a modified version of a reverse-engineered ARM translator made by Intel, so x86 apps can work on our phones?
aviad_raviv at July 23rd, 2013 10:47 — #8
We can do anything... it's software... (I've actually heard that such a thing is in the works...)
aviad_raviv at July 23rd, 2013 10:50 — #9
This is more of a POC to prove my point... the Ubuntu phone if/when it comes, should be a better candidate for the mainstream users who want to do such a thing...
aviad_raviv at July 23rd, 2013 11:02 — #10
Unreliable?? costly maybe, not up to par with local storage speed, yes... but unreliable??? maybe you mean that your internet connection isn't reliable, preventing you from reaching it, but the cloud is definitely reliable, as that is its strongest selling point...
Nether was the PC when it started on its way and you are talking like the ppl who said that it will never replace the need for the MainFrame
Originally the PC programs where created using punch cards...
I'm sorry... i thought the title stated "the future of computers"... oh it does... in that case thank you for agreeing with me.
aviad_raviv at July 23rd, 2013 11:08 — #11
Ya... don't know why it didn't quite work for me as advertised and it completely lost me on the
nsdcars5 at July 23rd, 2013 11:13 — #12
Say, I could take a phablet and attach a keyboard. Add an FTP client and a code editor, and I have what I need on my laptop, plus Subway Surfers!
kake_yun at November 1st, 2013 21:47 — #13
If you are interested, the Note 3 definitely works with the Note 2 smart dock. I have two and they are working great - one for my Note 3 and the other for my Note 2; check out the demo on youtube:
kung_s_young at December 8th, 2013 11:28 — #14
I found the IOGEAR 4 port HDMI KVMP switch to be very useful and works great with my Samsung Smart Dock! I bought it about 6 months ago and I am very happy with it. The only issue is that because it works off the usb ports for switching between devices, depending on the device, there is an occasional lag. But it never lags when I switch from or to my Samsung smart dock that I connect my Note 3 to; check out the demo I have of how to connect the KVM switch to the smart dock here:
geek at December 8th, 2013 11:37 — #15
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