Mobile addiction is taking out society as if it were spraying bullets in a drive-by. For whatever reason you've arrived to this site, you may have read our article about this. If not, it's up to you if you want to read our perspective on mobile devices and how they've affected society. If not, this article will touch on solutions to get your face out of that mobile screen and a little touching on the article previously mentioned. Currently the Internet climate is moving toward about 85% mobile traffic as it progresses more toward less web and more "app based" functionality. Why is this a problem? Apps have superior control over your phone compared to a website. Website's have pitfalls like tracking cookies but nothing compared to the over-extended permission grabbing that apps do. A website on your computer cannot simply control your PC, read your images, videos, etc. A mobile app can do this as people blindly accept what permissions the app is asking for. The majority of users just bypass this step as they want to arrive as quickly as possible to using the app they chose.
Aside from MAJOR issues with missteps in how people use mobile apps, the phones themselves are actually REALLY expensive by comparison to using a computer at home. You get to have a bigger screen, more powerful hardware, and not even spend close to the needs of a mobile phone's demands to keep up with the world of mobile apps. If you're a major mobile user, you're not a big PC gamer, so this article will touch on what's easy to get, inexpenive and a better choice by far to mobile devices when you're at home. We'll touch on good computers for people who like to use functionality on the web that doesn't focus heavily on gaming.
I'm going to outline some very basic things here and not touch on custom builds or anything like that. This is about one and done solutions. Personally I favour the ASUS brand of computers. Either a full tower computer, a laptop or something in between, I find this brand to be the utmost reliable in computers and the price is typically fair if you don't need the absolute latest build. You can really get in the door with an i5, even the previous generation is becoming very inexpesive and they are trying to push them out the door. i7 models are more expenive and powerful but you can get in that door relatively cheap if you look around for 3rd to 5th gen i7 models (3770, 4770, 5775 models are standard respectively). Typically in the world of i7's you can expect decent rates two generations back and they will smoke your mobile phone's power.
The first real improvement from mobile devices to personal computers is the SPEED. Mobile devices are often slow to load resources no matter how many "cores" or "memory" it comes with. Sometimes you'll even be surprised with a "full version" of a website instead of the rundown, scaled down, nearly featureless mobile version. Sure, if you switch from mobile data to your home's wireless connection while you're at home using mobile you'll get more "speed" but most people don't even know how to set this up and often are soaking up mobile data speeds no matter where they are. For instance, if you have a crappy mobile data connection this site might ring in at about a 4-6 second mobile load time, depending on how well you're really connected. If you're on your home's broadband connection, using a personal computer you will load us up in about half a second. Videos will load faster, GIFs will load faster and formats gaining prevalence on the web like WEBM/WEBP will also load much faster. You'll be able to handle higher resolutions much easier and since you are watching on a larger screen you'll be able to experience the quality in a much higher degree. It's almost a no brainer why you'd walk away from constant mobile device usage.
Now, my recommendation is don't get excited and make this an overnight change. Do research, consider what's being said here. Try not to go below an i5 or i7 generation 3. Aim for something near 16GB RAM. Hard drive space is up to you but SSD doesn't automatically mean more stable data. SSD's write slower, read faster. HDD's are opposite and the drive speed isn't terribly important if you're a non-gamer but if the price is right, cool. You'll probably want upwards of 1TB or 2TB drives no matter what. It will accomodate plenty of personal space even for today's needs. You can also expand with USB drives or a SATA to USB drive reader such those made by Wavlink (often on sale via NewEgg). USB 3.0 functionality is important but you'll see a lot of stuff moving to USB 3.1 and it will likely require something better than the recommendations here if you want an out-of-box solution for USB 3.1 support. USB 3.0 is absolutely fine for most things.
NegativityCulture.Com is not endorsing or profiting off any of these recommendations. None of these links are affiliate links and we are making zero money off of this data. They are merely trying to guide you to find the best deal to move on from mobile devices to personal computers. Use what you learned here to search sites like eBay, NewEgg and Amazon or even your local used PC shop. Just keep in mind, minimum 3rd gen i5/i7.. near 16GB RAM, 1TB-2TB drive space as a guideline, at least USB 3.0 support. Use sales, get on NewEgg's newsletter and wait for a great deal on either a later generation computer and also a decent HDMI monitor. These recommendations are for the absolute cheapest solutions but also useful in today's Internet culture. If you don't care about 4K video, 1080p is good enough, you'll settle in fine with these recommendations. If you spend what the average person spends on a mobile device on a personal compter instead, you could easily get a pretty decent beast of a machine and have it be relevant for quite some time. Included will be these rather cheap HP and Dell machines they always push out for VERY low cost. Even I have a couple of them as secondary machines for different purposes than my main computer but they would be totally OK with *being* a main computer. Pay attention to "form factor" when buying so you know what kinda card slot fittings you'll need to accomodate if you wanted extra things like a better graphics card, audio card, anything.