So here is where the circus meets the professional. I’m tired of crappy phones with their dinky apps and their cloudy touchy-feely internet-is-all-encompassing malarkey. What I want is real mobile computing. I want to run the same software that I do on my computer at work and at home. I want full-blown Microsoft Office. (Or OpenOffice. Or LibreOffice.) I want full-blown Adobe Photoshop. (Or GIMP.) I want the real internet. I want a real version of Windows. I want real software. I want the real deal.
No more freaking apps!
I’m tired of PDA-like behavior from my smartphone. Seriously people, my Palm Pilot wasn’t good enough then, and cellphones killed off its advancement years ago. Only, they haven’t advanced significantly in its place. Smartphones now still can only just barely do what PDAs did way back when.
Since freaking Y2K we’ve been able to put an x86 PC into a pocket. It’s over a decade later, and we somehow can’t put a full PC into a smartphone?!?!?!
Yes, it’s going to be slower than a good laptop, which is already slower than a desktop PC. I get that. I can be patient. I can wait for my application to load. Especially if it’s a real application and not just an app. Really. It’s okay!
Yes, battery life may be a bit tricky. Though, honestly, I really don’t think it should be as bad as some make it out to be. Put in a slightly larger batter for starters. And continue improving the technology to use less power. There’s nothing new here. But if you don’t start somewhere, you’ll never be sufficiently motivated to iteratively improve the design.
And honestly, with good drivers, even Windows has been stable enough to run 24×7 lately. And that’s without some fancy new not-entirely-asleep sleep mode that updates things periodically while asleep. And there’s always Linux. Heck, my cellphone has needed a reboot more often than my PC has!
So it’s about flirking time that someone brings a full x86-capable (with PCI bus) solution to the smartphone. Really. It was about time half a decade ago! It’s way beyond about time now.
I don’t care if it’s Intel. They’re certainly poised well to do it. They have the technology, just not the cojones, apparently.
I don’t care if it’s AMD. After their acquisition of ATi there’s no reason that they couldn’t do it with their own SoC. And while Intel is fiddle-farting around with x86 smartphones without a PCI bus, there’s a big freaking opportunity here to take the market right out from under them. They’d even deserve it too!
Heck, even nVidia ought to be able to make a chipset for an Intel Atom that includes the PCI bus. nVidia used to make good chipsets. (And, of course, they’re great at other stuff too, like graphics.) And they’ve come to some kind of agreement with Intel again, right?
As much as it pains me to say it, at this point, I’d even consider something from freaking VIA! And I’ve never used a VIA product that I didn’t hate. They bring unstable to a whole new level! But even they are positioned to make an x86 smartphone that can run Windows.
Someone, already, geeze!
It’s bad enough that tablets are barely even getting there, but by now we really should have an x86-based full-Windows-running phone.
I’d say thank goodness that Fujitsu finally gave us one with the F-07C, except that oh, wait, it’s only available in Japan.