- Jul 7, 2013
So for a good portion of the 2000s they were the new thing, and the only way to compute on the go, but by the time they weren't severely underpowered battery hogs, smartphones had started rolling out. And then when laptops actually got good, smartphones had, for a lot of people, already replaced them. Nowadays, if someone needs a mobile computer they use their smartphone mostly, or a tablet. I guess they were the very definition of a fad.