lfgoal - 6:26 pm on Jul 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
Lexipixel, you're one of the few in this thread that makes sense. Speaking as a slightly above average user and speaking also as an observer of users, I can corroborate your statements:
The mobile experience is lacking, insufficient, and unfulfilling.
Desktops and laptops are not going away.
Ipads, and mobile devices supplement, but do not replace.
Mobile devices (pads) will begin to come in larger sizes.
Also, I wouldn't overestimate facebook. It is essentially a hangout forum with most of the hangers comprised of people you don't know or did know but don't care about. Re: the latter, if you had cared to maintain a friendship...you would have maintained a flesh and blood one. Facebook will begin to fade. In industrialized countries, it already is fading. And, crap, most of the most active users are women and kids with too much time on their hands throughout the course of a day.
In a normal day, I do a number of searches on my cursed android EVO. It is almost never satisfying. To date, its best use is to get a restaurant phone number. And the EVO screen is huge compared to most. Actually, the most useful thing about the phone has nothing to do with search but using this or that app to ID a song.
The IPAD? Great for convenient news reading. But...real searching? Real researching? Real comparison shopping? The user experience is only acceptable when a decent size screen and a keyboard is involved.
The augmentary devices, pads and phones, are whittling away at search. But search will never be replaced by some social hangout club or something that fits in my pocket with a buggy OS.