Smart Phone, Computer, Both?

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I have a smart phone, and if it weren’t for the fact that typing documents with my thumbs would be simply too silly to contemplate, there are so many things I now use my smart phone for that I used to need a computer to do, I have been wondering sometimes if I really  need a computer any longer. The same goes for a tablet. Although I really want some sort of tablet, I am too frugal to spend the money on one, because after all I have a smart phone and a laptop.

I believe I am not the only one with this particular quandry.Today I was checking out the business news on Google and this article popped up just like someone had read my mind.

And I Quote, from ZD Net:

“Ubuntu Edge might just change the computing world

Summary: It looks like Ubuntu Edge will reach the $32 million goal that Mark Shuttleworth set to begin  building the hybrid smartphone PC. But will it have a market? Could it replace the traditional PC?

By for Linux and Open Source

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and its parent company, Canonical, is making a bet with the technology market. He’s betting that enough of you will be willing to invest in a smartphone that can double as a PC, the Ubuntu Edge, to raise the $32 million needed to manufacture it. You know what? I think he’s going to win that bet.

Before getting into why he’ll win not just the bet that gadget fans will want one but the far bigger bet that the world is ready for a single handheld device that can double as a full PC, the Ubuntu Edge.

Jono Bacon, Ubuntu’s community manager described the Ubuntu Edge as a device that will “dual boot Ubuntu and Android, and will transform into a PC when docked with a monitor—with the full Ubuntu desktop and shared access to all the phone’s files. For this it needs the power of a PC, so Ubuntu Edge will be equipped with the latest, fastest processor, at least 4GB of RAM and a massive 128GB of (SSD) storage.”

Specifically, its technical specs, at this time, look like this:

  • Dual-boot Ubuntu Edge into either Ubuntu or Android

  • A fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked

  • Fast and powerful device with multi-core CPU and at least 4GB RAM

  • 128GB of Solid State Device (SSD) storage for photos, music, content

  • A 4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 HD display with a pure sapphire crystal screen, the hardest natural substance after the diamond

  • Cameras made for low-light, fast response and close up pictures: 8mp rear camera, 2mp front

  • Faster connections all over the world with dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, Near Field Communication (NFC)  “

Recap, a device I can carry around, make calls on, snap photos with, email and text with, has a screen that won’t crack everytime I drop it, and yet I can drop it into a docking station and use it as my PC.  If I keep all of my data stored on the cloud and secure, will I still need a computer? I think I might not.

This is all still in the crowdfunding stages, but I tell you, it sounds exciting to me. Don’t tell my boss that I blogged about smart phones and computers instead of answering service, call center or virtual receptionst…

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