But that only solves one problem and, it doesn't get you any kind of advantage vs. having an actual desktop computer in which that hard drive is connected to. Even so, if your phone gets lost, you then have... a hard drive. Can you use the hard drive to connect online or to run your daily business and errands? No, it's just a hard drive, and until you get a new phone or computer to connect it into, it's useless.And if you are terribly worried about data loss, you can back your data up to a hard drive at night with an Ubuntu phone.
But why would you want to use your phone specifically as a desktop replacement (or even a tablet)? To really do desktop computing, you need at least a screen, a keyboard, and preferably also a mouse. Let's say you get all those things, and then you need a CPU to connect them to. You could use your phone, in which case you also probably need a dock for your phone, and then you have to choose if you want to use a phone or your computer, and you have to go through the trouble of switching it between these two modes. Or, you can just get some kind of cheap minidesktop that probably costs less than your fancy "convergence phone", and just use that for your desktop CPU, and use your phone as a phone, and then you get to use them both at the same time, and you get all the benefits of "convergence" with none of the drawbacks.Someone doing something extremely CPU intensive is probably not a good candidate for a product like this. I don't think they're trying to market it as a replacement for ALL desktops. But some? Absolutely. The only question is to what extent the candidates for replacement extend.
That's the problem there, I can't really see a situation where this "convergence phone" would be advantageous.
Well, it's already been tried, several times, and it just hasn't taken off. And no, I haven't really heard any good reasons. You've given reasons why it could, in some cases, work as well as having a separate desktop + phone. But I haven't seen a single advantage, what good is this convergence for? What specific need does it fulfill?I have. For whatever reason you've tried (terribly) to say they aren't good reasons. I could introduce you to quite a few people I know that would LOVE to have a true convergent device that would fit their computing needs. And they don't do anything CPU intensive. These are very stereotypical people I'm talking about, so I know they aren't anomalies. What percentage of end users to they represent? 5%? 10%? I don't know, but once we have a device that fits the bill, we'll find out.
And it's probably worth pointing out that people thought virtual reality and voice-control UI would become the next big thing. They never did. It's easy to point at innovations that have made it big, because we tend to forget all the bad ideas that didn't make it. And it's understandable, because... well, they're bad ideas, they didn't make it, they came and went - and we're more excited about the next big hype. Yet, it's good to bear in mind that not every innovation is a success. Sometimes it's because it's ahead of its time, sometimes it's because it's just executed poorly at first (and it may succeed when someone does it again properly), and sometimes, it's just a plain bad idea that doesn't work.It's probably worth pointing out that people thought the Galaxy Note would never sell. You sound a lot like those people in your arguments.
So what category is phone/desktop convergence? Remains to be seen, maybe it will be feasible sometime in the future. Maybe if consumer CPUs become small and powerful enough that even workstation-grade CPUs can fit inside your fingernail, and at that point it wouldn't matter where the CPU is - maybe it's even implanted under your skin and it just transmits the UI to a touchscreen that basically acts as a dumb terminal. Or maybe there will be nanomachines floating around all over the atmosphere, providing us with all the distributed computing power we'll ever need - streamed straight to our brains, if needed.
However, I very much doubt it will be succesful today or in the next few years.