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Stop using the term “Mobile”

‘Mobile’ isn’t synonymous with small screens anymore.

Smartphones are getting bigger. Tablets are getting smaller.

Some smartphones have a resolution of 800px, some tablets upto 1280px. These are ‘Mobile devices’, yet most people would say a 1280px screen sits firmly in the desktop camp.

Mobile was a useful term when it was new and niche. You could use it in a conversation to narrow things down. Now it’s so broad it’s fast becoming meaningless.

Mobile Users will become ‘Users’, Mobile Web will become ‘Web’ and they’ll be so many devices in so many sizes that deciding what to ring fence as a Mobile device will become impossible. I’d argue that it already is.

Jim Ramsden in No More Mobile