Can a Galaxy Note 2 be used as a PC? [video]

by: Chris SmithNovember 23, 2012

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Depending on who you ask we’re now in the post PC era, where mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are becoming more and more popular with the crowds that regular PCs. But essentially these are smaller and smaller personal computers that are slowly picking up some of the workload from their older brothers, the regular keyboard-and-mouse PCs.

That’s especially true with this year’s flagship devices, that offer better and better specs and can be used for a variety of daily computer-related operations.

But can a device like an Android smartphone be used to completely replace a PC? A new video posted by ColdFustion proves that the Galaxy Note 2, hooked up to a monitor via a HML Samsung adapter and an HDMI cable, and further hooked up to a wireless keyboard and mouse combo, can be used for a variety of tasks that are/were usually done on a PC.

There are limitations and this is not a complete PC experience – we’re probably getting there in the following years – but things like web browsing, email, content consumption, running productivity apps and even gaming can be done on such a setup in order to take advantage of the bigger display.

Sure, the downside of relying on such a computer model is that you’d have to carry with you all the extra accessories needed, and make sure that a decent monitor awaits for you at your destination. But the video above proves that in the future, the better, more efficient and smaller smartphone and tablet components will get, the more PC-like support they’ll be able to offer.

Anyone using or interested in using such a setup on a regular basis?

  • Peterson Silva

    And the video is…? =)

    • In the sources ;)

      • MasterMuffin

        It says “above” in the article :D

  • tokranepo

    I use my TF201 for everything other than a couple games which only run on traditional PCs. Even then, I often use Splashtop THD to ply the games on the tablet anyway.

    Before I switched to Android, I used a netbook for my work, but there are so many new advantages to the tablet form factor, it was an easy switch.

    It puzzles me a bit when people say that we are still a few years away from leaving traditional PCs behind. Honestly, if I had to live without mine I’d be just fine.

  • …it means that Android f**ked up Microsoft? Can’t wait! I hope Microsoft and Apple burn in hell!

    • MasterMuffin


      • Nevi_me

        Cos in hell that’s pretty much what you do …

        • MasterMuffin


  • Immolate

    Let’s talk about real-world problems with using a mobile Android device as a functional Windows XP/7 replacement, which are corporate standards.

    Outlook is the corporate mail standard. While the web-based version of Outlook keeps getting better and more capable, most of us still use the thick client version installed on our desktop. Microsoft hasn’t made an installed Outlook app for Android, and may not due to competitive concerns. You can use other programs for your email, and I dare say most of us do, at least on our mobiles, but those solutions are stop-gap measures today, without the advantage of sophisticated plug-in’s. They also aren’t designed with a larger screen in mind.

    MS productivity apps such as PowerPoint, Excel and Word can be replaced with various office suites, but their replacements are imperfect. You always have to be thinking about the fact that whoever you’re sharing a document with might be using the MS application. Also, there are no replacements for MS Project, Visio, and OneNote, all of which are less-common, but still Corporate standards for their particular purpose.

    Gobs of legacy corporate applications are written for the PC Windows platform. That can be overcome by using virtual machine models like Citrix, but that adds a layer of complexity and requires bandwidth to support it.

    Finally, most corporate IT departments don’t have the development free-time required to update their web-based tools for many different browser platforms, so they wind up standardizing on IE.

    All of the these things can be overcome given time, but every one of them can and will slow down corporate acceptance of a new paradigm. Instead, as people depend on their phones and tablets more and more, the environment will evolve to accommodate them… slowly.

    Will regular folks move more quickly, along with lots of small businesses and one-offs among larger concerns? Well, each group has their own inertia to overcome, but I expect these groups are less entrenched and more flexible, so they will. But the corporate workstation has become a big ship, and it turns slowly. Because they represent many billions in software purchases each year, they will exert a definite influence in how this all works out.

    I expect that, once Microsoft decides it has lost the mobile OS wars (assuming they do), they will then capitulate and quickly port their cash cow apps over to the winner(s). If they don’t, the world will move on. This also assumes that they haven’t managed to find a web-based model that works before then.

    • speculatrix

      install rdesktop/vnc and use the android device as a thin client when you have to use windows apps.

  • Abe

    coldfustion rockss


    try windows laptop for that…easier

  • Abdullah Naji

    This is great! The Smart Dock.

  • 好想要成套設備啊!

    • MasterMuffin

      问候爱听友他离开你嘎比呕吐 !

      • Nevi_me


        • MasterMuffin

          好样的 :D

  • Nicklas Zetterberg

    Does that desktop-like UI come automatically when you plug it into a TV/screen/whatever or is that some custom thing?

  • Brilliant video and with Ubuntu for android holding such promise, the futures all to clear to see.

    Getting back to the present, a phone offers some welcome features as a PC even, impressive even. But, what becomes apparent is that there is still some way to go.

    The mobile phone killed off the mp3 player, portable video player with ease and sooner, rather than later the portable games console. Is it not inevitable the intel powered PC will be extinct also?

    I appreciate “mobile phones flexibility and would like to see it make the standalone tablet redundant also, digressing from the topic, innovations like the Asus Padphone make a lot of sense and aren’t miles apart from the post above.

  • This is awesome. I love my G-Note 2!

  • sh4d0w.phantom


  • Longisland

    Is that the ADW Launcher…?

  • Nicholas Wilson

    Does the phone have to be rooted for any of the features mentioned in the video besides the PS3 controller use?