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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Its simple
by Simon S. Law on Mon 18th Oct 2010 17:31 UTC
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When you buy a smartphone your buying it to be a phone thats why you sign a phone plan. All the extra stuff is gravy. If my iphone stopped making calls i would sell it and get something that does.
An Ipad could become a PC but because of how apple has restricted it i would say it isn't. Apple designed it for content viewing period. A PC is for content viewing and "creation". The Ipad just got the builtin ability to print. You telling me something that couldn't even print was a PC. An ipad isn't a phone even if you can make calls on it who the hell would care an ipad around to make calls from it all day. You have to look at the form factor. An ipad has the hardware to be come a PC but not the software not yet anyway.

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RE: Its simple
by Sabon on Mon 18th Oct 2010 17:42 in reply to "Its simple"
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I understand what you are trying to say but you obviously don't own an iPad or you would realize that you CAN create things on them. The main limitation right now isn't Apple but companies/programmers that haven't thought outside the box.

Note: I do create documents and spreadsheets on mine. MOST people do NOT created complicated documents or spreadsheets. Most of the ones that are created use maybe 2% of the power of those programs. So ... an iPad can create the same time of documents/spreadsheets as most people create.

You can also create quite a few other things with iPads. Yes you can and I do consume information/videos/etc, but honestly no more than I do on my home computer.

I do use my iPad VERY differently than my iPhone. They are two completely different devices for me. For me my iPad might be a "low end" computer but it is all I need 90% of the time. So for me, it is a computer and not a big iPhone or iPod Touch.

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RE[2]: Its simple
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 17:55 in reply to "RE: Its simple"
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So ... an iPad can create the same time of documents/spreadsheets as most people create.

Argument fail. Yes, most people use only 10% of complicated software's functionality - but it's always a different 10%. On top of that, have fun exchanging documents with an iPad.

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