For photos, music etc , and for printing letters and pictures I mostly use a desktop. I have a small laptop for travel, but for surfing etc I often use my iPhone. Some younger relatives use an iPad with no laptop and rarely print anything.
Smartphones and tablets have eroded sales of laptops, desktops, MP3 players and digital cameras over the years.
I remember being at a restaurant with some friends and someone handed the young waitress a digital camera to snap a photo. She had no idea how to operate it, pressing a shutter button and not the screen seemed alien to her.
When I went to college we had two portions, the lab and the lecture hall. The lab were rows of desktops where we did practical networking and system configuration. The lecture hall was where we sat in a room with notebooks while the professor spoke. The posh kids had laptops and some brought in dictaphones.
My niece went to college recently and now everyone has a laptop for the lectures. Lesson plans, schedules and notes on the lectures are all provided via the institution's website so a laptop seems a must for the modern student.
Users like me once upon a time carried an MP3 player and digital camera. Now the camera on my current flagship device is fine, and the audio quality is decent. A far cry from phones of yesteryear.
Why are things 'improved' to the point where they don't do what you want or need? I had an Ericsson T68 mobile that connected to a bluetooth headset. Once the voice commands had been set up, one tap of the headset, say the name and the call was made.
Unfortunately the T68 has died and been replaced with a phone using Android. Getting a voice dial 'app' that does as it is told and stays connected is driving me to distraction if not drink!
It must be an age thing as I just can't work my fingers and thumbs well enough to do the things on a phone that I want to do. A 10" tablet is usable for me but I much prefer to do most things on the desktop with a 24" screen, keyboard and mouse. To get a phone with a big enough screen for me to be able to use it means that I will either have to carry it in my hand all the time, as many seem to do, or get a manbag, my pockets just aren't big enough.
I agree with you. I just thought that some young folk who are not at Uni use their phones for most on line, social media and such. I do find I use my smart phone during the day for looking up stuff and on this forum, for example, as my wife’s iPad is wi fi only. I print photos from my desktop, but most young relatives only view photos on pads or phones