Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 16:00 UTC
In the News An interesting discussion is currently raging through the world of computing, or more accurately, through the world of bloggers and analysts. It basically comes down to this: should the iPad be included in laptop and desktop sales figures? If it is included - Apple becomes the largest PC manufacturer in the United States. But, if the iPad should be included - why not the modern smartphone?
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RE[2]: Because
by Adurbe on Mon 18th Oct 2010 17:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Because"
Adurbe
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I would argue a device is based on its primary purpose/use.

A laptop/desktop is a 'p.c.'
A server is a 'server'
An xbox is a games console

Now, all of these can in fact have Exactly the same hardware. So on what basis do we distinguish? We distinguish them on how you USE that hardware/software combination.

An iPhone is a phone first. Everything else is extra to this fact.
iPod touch a music player
An iPad is a PC as its sole purpose is to run apps.

All three run the same OS (more or less) but they are not all used for the same thing.

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