It seems like most tech companies, particularly Apple, are racing to replace laptops and traditional computers with more modern form factors, Tablets, convertibles, and even foldable phones. Yet while those devices have found huge markets I wonder if they could ever really replace traditional computers for the people who use them the most.
When I'm using a smartphone or tablet I always feel a bit restricted. There are always some tasks that I could get done a lot easier with a physical keyboard and mouse. Touchscreens have their own advantages but in productive and creative work are those advantages worth the downsides?
Of course you can attach a physical keyboard and mouse to your tablet and get a more traditional experience. Yet the OSes on most of these devices still have invisible barriers in several places. File management has gotten better but it's still not the same. The range of software and tools isn't either. And most interfaces aren't optimised for a traditional experience.
Is this really the post-PC age?
For the majority of consumers a tablet or even a phone is enough. Maybe traditional form factors will return to the niche status they once held. Mostly used by those who really need its unqiue advantages. But a bit much for the average person.