I want a word that accurately covers tablets, phones, desktop PCs & Macs, laptop PCs & Macs, smart watches, smart glasses, smart fridges, smart socks (watch this space...) and any future kind of device.
Obviously because I used "device" in the question and the sentence above, you might wonder why I don't want to use that word. I feel to users, they don't consider their desktop PC or Mac a "device", and as much as some might consider desktop machines as more and more irrelevant, a great many millions of people still sit in offices getting distracted by (hopefully) my web app in an office with either new or antiquated desktops. Plus I'm writing this from a desktop so I'm biased....
My opinion on the top three:
I don't think users think of desktop machines as something as small sounding as a "device"
I don't think users think of their phones as something as grand as a "machine"
I don't think users are browsing my web site and using my app from 1998, and they certainly don't think of phones and tablets as a "computer"
The best I can think of (without having the UI detect what kind of device is actually being used) is to say "your device or computer".
Can anyone do any better?
As requested, a few example sentences being:
- Please restart your device
- This application is not compatible with your device
A good example of ambiguity: Surface Pro 4, running Windows 10. I can call this a "device", of course. But how do I know it's not just a normal desktop? I could put a catch in for vendor specific products, but that's going to become rather cumbersome to maintain. A good, universal word is essential.
I am tempted to just use "device" everywhere, but it hurts my cotton soft feelings on desktops :(