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Portable Computing Platforms - Strategies & Analysis by Sam C. Chan

Form, Weight, Size, Battery, Screen, Input, Storage, Connectivity, Performance, Compatibility

First Published: March 15, 2012
Addendum: November 8, 2012
Apr 2013,  Mar 2014, Apr 2014

Last Revised: August 1, 2014

Category Characteristics/Example Form Weight Battery Screen Storage
Desktop PC 1981 Bravo Sonata series D/T 20~35 lbs None None normal
Luggable 1982 Compaq Portable L 22~30 lbs None 5~9" normal
Dedicated Server 1983 noisy, serviceable, powerful T 20~40 lbs None None normal
Mini Desktop PC 2000 ITX, mini-ITX, HTPC, cube M 5~8 lbs None HDTV normal
Mobile Workstation 2006 Aspire 9805 AKA "desktop replacement" C 16~22 lbs 0~2 hr 20~23" normal
All-In-One 2011 Acer, HP, Lenovo large touch screen I 18~30 lbs None 20~23" normal
Laptop 1982 GRiD, IBM PC Convertible C 8~15 lbs 0~2 hr 12~15" normal
Notebook 1990 Travelmate, Satellite, ThinkPad C 5.5~9 lbs 2~3 hr 14~17" normal
Ultrabook 2012 thin hi-performance notebook C 4~5.5 lbs 3~8 hr 9~14" DVD?
Subnotebook 1995 compact light-weight notebook C 4~5.5 lbs 2~4 hr 9~12" DVD?
Netbook 2007 Asus Eee Windows/Linux no HD C 2.5~4 lbs 4~8 hr 7~9" flash/HD
Chromebook 2011 Google Web-App-only terminal C 2.8~4 lbs 4~9 hr 11~14" none
Touchscreen Notebook Asus Vivobook, Lenovo Thinkpad C 4~7 lbs 2~6 hr 10~15" HD
Convertible Tablet twist/flip/snap  transformer PC S/C 3~6 lbs 3~8 hr 10~14" flash/HD
Tablet PC 2001 Surface Pro, stylus, desktop apps S/C 4~7 lbs 3~8 hr 10~12" flash
Tablet, large 2010 iPad, Galaxy, Surface RT, Lumia S 1.5~3 lbs 3~11 hr 7~10" flash
Tablet, mini 2010 pocket/purse size, narrow, 1-hand S 8~12 oz 2~8 hr 5~7" flash
Pocket PC 2000 traditional PDA/HPC, Psion, Palm vary 7~14 oz 2~8 hr 3~5" flash
Smartbook (misnomer) Smartphone + notebook 2009-2010 C 12~20 oz 2~8 hr 4~5" flash
Smartphone 2007 phone as tiny computer S 3.5~5.5 oz 2~8 hr 2~5" flash

 

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Bravo Definitions &
Official Designations
of
Computer Forms

Grey categories are now obsolete & defunct.
Listed for historical reference
& perspective purposes.

The original laptop class has vanished in late 90s.
That term can now be used to mean notebook PC.

  • Desktop case (horizontal chassis)
  • Tower case (vertical chassis)
  • Rack-mount stack (standard 19" wide cage)
  • Mini case (HTPC brick/cube style) aka embedded/SFF
  • Luggable (sewing machine size)
  • Integrated (into display unit, typically touchscreen, attached/wireless keyboard/mouse)
  • Clamshell (screen + keyboard & touchpad)
  • Slate (primarily touch keyboard, stylus?)
  • Wearable (primarily voice input + trackball)
Example Scenario Optimal Configuration
1 Office-only / Home-only Desktop
2 Traveling Rep/Tech Notebook (Ultrabook, if justifiable)
3 Office + Home/satellite office 2x Desktop + remote control, or remote node
via VPN + USB transport + sync
4 Office + travel productivity work Desktop + Notebook
5 Office + email + occasional typing Desktop + Netbook
6 Office + content consumption Desktop + Tablet
7 Office + simple web search Desktop + Smartphone
8 Traveling Rep + reading, etc. Notebook + Tablet
9 Traveling Rep + quick search Notebook + Smartphone
10 Roam Photographer's portfolio Convertible / Tablet PC / Large Tablet

Sam: 1x Server + 3x Desktop + 2x notebook + 2x Tablet + 3x Smartphone

Niches

desktop vs
notebook

Chromebook vs netbook

tablet vs notebook

tablet PC vs tablet

Surface Pro vs
 Surface (RT)

Android vs
RT vs iPad

Pros & Cons

Addendum: November 8, 2012
  iPad Android Surface RT Surface Pro Convertible Notebook
Cost $550~$900 $80~$550 $500~$950 $900~$1200 $900~$1500 $400~$950
Screen Size 10" 7~10" 10" 10.6" 1080p 10~13" 12~15"
Weight 1.5 lbs 11oz~1.4lbs 1.5 lbs 2.0 lbs 3~5 lbs 4.5~6.5 lbs
Power Consumption 10~15W 5~15W 24W 42W 60~90W 65~100W
CPU family

ARM: Cortex, nVidia Tegra

Intel Atom/i3/i5/i7

Market Snapshot: April 25, 2013

  • W8x64 Samsung i5 12" 4G 128G $1100
  • W8x86 Samsung Atom 12" 2G 64G $550
  • W8x86 Acer Atom 10" 2G 64G $500
  • W8RT Asus Tegra3 10" 2G 64G $450~$700

Windows RT: can only get it via Windows RT PC. Includes Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT optimized for touchscreen and automatically updates so you always have the latest version. Runs only apps from Windows Store + built-in apps: Mail, People, Messaging, Photos, Skydrive, Music, and Video.

Market Snapshot: March 30, 2014

ASUS K200MA HP ProBook 650 G1 Acer Travelmate P645 Microsoft Surface
  • Celeron N2815
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 500GB HDD
  • 32GB cloud 3 years
  • 11.6" touch 1366x768
  • Windows 8.1 x64
  • $330
  • Core i5 4200M
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 500 GB HDD
  • DVD SuperMulti
  • 15.6" 1366x768
  • Win 8 Pro x64
  • $835
  • Core i5 4200U
  • 8 GB DDR3
  • 256 GB SSD
  • 14" 1920x1080
  • Win 8 Pro x64
  • $1160
  • Surface RT refurb $199
  • Surface RT $299~$329
  • Surface 2 $449~$679
  • Surface Pro 2 $899~$1,799
  store apps only desktop/store apps
Gen Windows RT 8.1 Windows 8.1 Pro
1 Surface RT Surface Pro
2 Surface 2 Surface 2 Pro

Microsoft Surface Market Landscape    Revised Aug 1, 2014

 

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