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[7]: It cannot be included
by WereCatf on Tue 19th Oct 2010 00:09 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: It cannot be included"
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1: Upgradability. Can you put in a faster processor? More ram? Bigger Disks? Better monitor?

Desktop PCs satisfy this extensively. Laptops not so much, due to physical restrictions. Even with Laptops and Netbooks, replacing RAM and the hard disks is usually painless, and with some laptops it is possible to upgrade the processor or graphics.

Okay, without focusing on any specific component that could be upgraded and instead of just the device itself generally being upgradable: many laptops are not really very upgradable yet are still considered PCs, by general populace and by experts. I have once had to repair a laptop which had everything in it really locked in tight and glued so as to try and force you to buy a new one even when you just wished to change the hard disk.

This is impossible on an iPad, and with Smartphones, one can only add storage.

Not really. Most smartphones can be plugged to external displays too and thus they are mostly just as upgradable as any laptop.

2: Expandability. Can I add capabilities? Cameras? Alternate methods of Input? Clickier keyboards? TV Tuners? Extra ethernet ports?

Okay, this is a trickier one. Most smartphones can be expanded with alternate input methods, but that's mostly it. Though, my N900 atleast is a different beast here: it can be connected to webcameras, various kinds of input devices, network devices and what-not, either through bluetooth or USB. I don't know if there's any other smartphones out there though that can do the same.

But in a few years? It's actually quite likely a common smartphone will start satisfying this requirement too.

3: Software flexibility. Can I run whatever OS I like? Can I choose my own software? May I choose where I get my software? Can I develop software?

There are a few smartphones out there that do satisfy this requirement, including mine. Granted, iPad clearly doesn't.

Atleast you provided a rather clear set of rules by which you define a PC, and iPad doesn't satisfy those rules. My N900 however does, and I wonder how many other smartphones and/or tablets do.

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