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[3]: Because
by thavith_osn on Tue 19th Oct 2010 00:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Because"
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I primarily use my iPhone for development and games. I rarely make phone calls on it, so for me, the primary use is development.

I am sure there are owners of the XBox that use it for other tasks too. We really have no way of knowing for sure what these devices are being used for. A lot of PS3's where bought just to get the Blu-ray for instance.

Most of my friends use their iPhones primarily to play "Angry Birds" - LOL or SMS'ing. So the iPhone does have phone functionality just as it has hardware to play games, find locations, check recipes and so forth.

A lot of people will struggle to go back to a traditional mobile phone as these extra functions seem mandatory now. Remember when everyone made the fuss that the iPhone didn't have cut & paste, hmmmm, seems to be more than a phone doesn't it.

I used to carry a phone and an iPod around with me, but no more. So is my iPhone an iPod or a phone?

I guess what it comes down to in the end is "who cares".

If people want to get their jollies because Apple is in 1st or last, then all the best too them. I am sure people like Jobs and Balmer just want to make $$$, being 1st or 2nd or whatever in really neither here nor there, just as long as they are selling enough that people will develop for their platform, which seems to be the case right now.

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