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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by on Mon 18th Oct 2010 17:54 UTC
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I think what you said about smart phones being used at the go and iPads/tabs being used at the destination is where I'd draw the line. Not that I'm sure if I'd like to compare a 17" laptop to a 7" galaxy tab, just as I don't compare a 11" netbook to a 17" laptop either.

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by jgagnon on Mon 18th Oct 2010 19:19 in reply to "Comment by"
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That's an interesting distinction considering laptops of years past had pretty small screens by todays standards but were less powerful than the netbooks of today. Time certainly can be a perspective killer. :p

As was said earlier, the distinction should not be based off of attributes of any given feature (screen size, keyboard key count, touch screen, hard drive size, etc.). Considering nearly every phone these days has an operating system, I'd say that would be enough to call it a PC (personal computer). Hell, even your average graphing calculator these days should be called a PC.

So in my mind, if it runs an operating system that allows it to execute various programs/functions and is not completely locked down from outside influence, then it is a personal computer.

I realize this definition is broad enough to include things like routers, firewalls, even some switches, and the old 1541 floppy drive from Commodore, but it is the only definition that makes sense in my mind that doesn't include artificial limitations.

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