Infographic: Just How Powerful is that eReading Device in Your Pocket?
Between our smartphones, tablets, and ereaders, many of us carry one or more mobile device around without realizing just how powerful it is.
Sure we may joke about how a graphing calculator has more processing power than the entire world had in 1950, but it turns out that the quip is even more true than I had realized.
The following infographic breaks down how the devices we have today compare with supercomputers of the past.
For example, the iPad 2 would be one of the 5 most powerful computers in the world if it fell through a wormhole to 1994. (Of course, that would only be true if measured in terms of sheer numbers, not actual computing ability, which raises a whole different issue of general-purpose vs restricted computing.) And that tablet isn’t even all that impressive by the standards of 2015; there are plenty of $100 tablets that are more powerful.