The Era of the Superphone is Upon Us! Is This the Beginning of the End for the PC?

by Matt Klassen on June 24, 2010

Has anyone ever noticed that by simply adding an ‘X’ to any name it suddenly sounds dynamic and cutting edge? Just imagine the increase in traffic here at TheTelecomblog if it was suddenly renamed, TheTelecomBlog X!! It is this sort of linguistic (if you can even call it that) marketing subtly that automatically makes me suspicious, as it’s often simply a not-so-clever ruse designed to make people think they are buying an updated, top-of-the-line product.

With that said, you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t immediately sing the praises of the new Motorola Droid X, an Android-based phone that is touted as the next great superphone, and a device that its makers hope will rival, if not exceed, the new iPhone 4 and the powerful HTC Evo 4G.

While I have, for the most part, largely given up the tedious task of outlining product releases, with the guest appearance of Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt at the joint Verizon/Motorola event yesterday, the conference immediately caught my attention. In his few moments on stage, Schmidt held the Droid X in his hand, and while he spoke about the device itself, his words clearly outlined the future of the ever-changing mobile market, a future that will undoubtedly see the downfall of the PC.

For you see, while the Droid X is an amazing device (the ‘X’ is truly warranted) it won’t be at the top for long, meaning that it will most likely only hold our interest for a few months. But with its release, coupled with the HTC EVO and the iPhone 4 it’s now clear that a new era of mobile technology is upon us, the era of the superphone.

These phones, you’ll soon discover, make the smartphone in your hand look like a mere child’s toy, as the modern superphone will be, in actuality, less a phone and more a powerful mobile computing platform…one that you just happen to make phone calls from.

Schmidt noted that this era of superphones will certainly require competent and stable networks, a slight against AT&T and the iPhone no doubt, as well as incorporating devices that have powerful hardware, lightning fast processors, and reasonably big screens.

The Droid X no doubt epitomizes these qualities, with its HDMI output, a 4.3-inch display, an 8 megapixel camera, and 702p video capture, and an incredibly powerful processor; the only question will be whether Verizon can hold up its end of the bargain and maintain its own network stability.

So although I consider the unveiling of the powerful Droid X, a phone with a name that exudes a feeling of advancement and danger, to be of some interest, the real story here is the new epoch of mobile technology that is upon us, one that will quickly supplant the age of smartphones, and one that will, in my mind at least, eventually produce devices that usurp the personal computer as the public’s technology of choice.

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