Posted 28 April 2012 - 22:08
Yes, I'd welcome it. Phones, formerly devices with a very specific purpose, and their unholy tablet-spawn have and will continue increasingly to try and become like PC, except they're not offering a fraction of the freedom any desktop/laptop PC, as an inherently universal device, is meant to and does provide. To me, phones and tablets are wanna-be gadgets and I think they will stay that way, too.
Because manufacturers will never allow that freedom to happen. It would be highly inconvenient and expensive, requiring much more extensive testing (which, I might add, they can't be arsed to do half-properly as it is), extensive driver and software support. With little to no gain in return, of course.
More worryingly, we're actually actively moving in the opposite direction - we'll be having Windows 8, a formerly PC-exclusive operating system, for tablets - most probably a locked-down kind of hardware. It is the matter of time before laptops (many already well on their way in terms of locked-down hardware, BIOS and OS choices) and desktops will (not die) but amalgamate with gadgets. And then - welcome to the out-of-control era.