Linked by David Adams on Tue 31st Jan 2012 23:08 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless An article at The Next Web points out that the latest marketshare numbers put Apple at the top of "PC" makers, and that some PC makers that don't have any tablet momentum are calling foul. It's "controversial" to count tablets as PCs, they say. The article points out various justifications for not categorizing tablets as personal computers, and then shoots them down. I must say, I find the argument compelling.
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Consoles and Computers
by djrikki on Wed 1st Feb 2012 13:56 UTC
djrikki
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Growing up in the 80s and early 90s I have a better understanding of the difference.
Imagine the scenario, everyone uses computers then someone invents 'the Console'. What are Consoles for? Playing games.

And so this new word is born:

Console - a computer for primarily playing games

A few decades later the tablet is back in fashion, not only as a device to draw graphics with, but a whole computer.

Tablet - a computer for not only playing games, but also for consuming content and performing mundane tasks such as email and calendar - but NEVER to do anything serious on.

A Tablet is also a (personal) computer.
A Console is not a (personal) computer.

A personal computer is a piece of hardware and software combination that allows you to perform multiple tasks.

The abbreviation PC for the last 20+ years is a computer that uses an X86 Processor, Microsoft would have everyone believe that it also meant an X86 Processor with Windows installed.
More sophisticated systems are generally called Workstations.

So take a look back: 'Hey don't call my Amiga a PC, I am a computer user!!'

Or: " Hello I'm a Mac, hello I'm a Pc. "

Or in other words... "Hello I'm a particular manufactured computer by one brand ;) " And "Hello, I have sooo many computer manufacturers its just not funny anymore and I run using the X86 Processor, also you usually find me running Microsoft Windows because *psst* we bribed all the manufacturers."

In ending:

The abbreviation PC is now outdated and very confusing should now be written simply in lower case; definition something like this: A computer that is for personal use.

We should be talking in terms of Consoles and Computers.

Edited 2012-02-01 14:11 UTC

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