The Spotter's Guide to Device Types
The various form factors that have been coming out since Windows 8 and all of their various reviews got me thinking: should we expand the number of device categories that we think in? So I thought I would make a post giving a basic line of electronics going from dumb phones up to desktops. You could extend down to switches and up to servers or something, but I thought I'd stick to main consumer electronics devices. Please, feel free to give suggestions for improvements. I really kind of want to make this as an easy to understand guide for those relatives that don't know the difference between a laptop and an Ultrabook, so keep that in mind.
1. Dumb phone: great for making calls with awesome battery life and usable for texting, but not much else.
2. Feature phone: Halfway between dumb phone and smart phone. Able to use some apps, but used more for calling and texting.
3. Smart phone: Pocket computer. We are all familiar with them and their uses, which are really too numerous to list.
4. Phablet: cross between smartphone and tablet. Great for media viewing and some decent content creation in the case of the Note series.
5. Mini tablet: Awesome tablets that are nearly pure consumption devices. Great portability, light weight, decent battery life.
6. Tablet: Larger version of the mini tablets that have more screen real estate and more power. Amazing for consumption, but able to do some creation too.
6. Hybrids: Cross between Ultrabook and tablet in which generally consists of something along the lines of a tablet with the computing innards that can detach from a keyboard dock which is used for greater creation. Considered more tablet than Ultrabook because the innards are behind the screen.
7. Convertible: Cousin to the hybrid, straddles the line between Ultrabook and tablet as well. This one is more Ultrabook than tablet though, and the innards are under the keyboard. No detachable screen, but it will usually slide up or flip around.
8. Netbook: A mostly extinct species that few people still cling to.
9. Ultrabook: Thin and light laptop. Many have touch screens now, but not all do. Not as powerful as their chunkier cousins generally, but are much more portable.
10. Laptop: Thicker ultrabooks that range in price from cheaper to more expensive. Generally have more powerful processors in them than Ultrabooks, but also generally have HDD instead of SSD. These are the most common computers currently, but are on a downward trend for their sleeker competitors.
11. Desktop Replacement. Large mammoths of laptops, generally weigh more than a sack of potatoes but have the power to compensate. The IMAX of laptop screens.
12. Home Theater PC's. Desktop towers that are generally not super powerful and are stuffed in a media cabinet. Mainly needed to play discs and stream video/music.
13. Desktop. The old workhorse. Once king of the hill, now used for fewer and fewer situations due to lack of mobility. Still a nice standby for work and you can generally get more power in these for less price than an equal laptop.
14. Gaming Rig. Frequently custom built desktops that, for lack of a better word, are on steroids. Made for enthusiasts that run the most demanding of games and video processes.
I think I covered just about every base. Feel free to add anything be it descriptions for these categories or even more categories. Things really are expanding, and it is a great time to be a tech enthusiast!