I hate such comparsions. i mean, there are more PCs than supercomputers, so are supercomputers dead?
Two different things intended for two different purposes with a different useful life span. If our 8 year old P4 based PC can still perform basic office tasks, run XP and be a good low-cost alternative to buying a new PC, why would anyone change it?
Smartphone tech is much newer than PC tech, so naturally it grows faster.
Smartphones and Pc;s are two different categories.
They could just as well have had the headline: "Total number of toothpicks sold is larger than the number of smartphones."
First, in a family every member probably has his own smartphone, but I think there are fewer computers per person.
Secondly, I think the normal person changes his phone more often than a Pc.
And third, many are buying their first smartphone these days, things will settle down after this.
Not really a comparison. You upgrade phones like you're buying clothes. My PC is 5 years old, yet can run anything you throw at it. Of course smartphones sells, because once you buy a smartphone you are stuck with the same hardware and software to some extent till the next upgrade. People still build PC's for high end gaming but you don't see that being reported as "sales" go figure.
if cable/dsl companies sold new PCs with 2 year contracts, people would be upgrading far more frequently...
and i'm not even a fan of that model. bought a smartphone second-hand and use page-plus for, essentially, a smartphone that is only smart on wireless aside for directions and very minimal web browsing.