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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Am I missing something?
by M.Onty on Mon 18th Oct 2010 18:05 UTC
M.Onty
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2009-10-23

Surely the definition of the PC is that it is an evolution of the original IBM PC in hardware and in purpose, even if that is now only a distant ancestor. Smartphones' ancestors are Palmtops and Nokia 3210s and the smartphones' capacities are an evolution of that original functionality. Also, my reaction is that the iPad is not a PC because it doesn't meet the above criteria.

There seems to be a blurring between the terms 'PC' and 'computer'. I consider that an important distinction---smartphones and iPads are all computers, not PCs. Expanding a perfectly good category (PC) to encompass all computers capable of arranging your e-mail and taking up less space than a shed just renders the category useless.

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RE: Am I missing something?
by WereCatf on Mon 18th Oct 2010 18:24 in reply to "Am I missing something?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Smartphones' ancestors are Palmtops and Nokia 3210s and the smartphones' capacities are an evolution of that original functionality.

Dumb phones' ancestors perhaps, but a smartphone is the convergence point of a dumb phone and a PC; it has ancestors in both.

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RE[2]: Am I missing something?
by M.Onty on Mon 18th Oct 2010 18:29 in reply to "RE: Am I missing something?"
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

... a smartphone is the convergence point of a dumb phone and a PC; it has ancestors in both.


Smartphones have come to imitate (even surpass) many of the functions of the PC. I would not say that smartphones are the product of a convergence of phone and PC but, instead, phones becoming more similar to PCs. I'm not saying that this is an especially important distinction in general, just that it is the best way of defining the categories.

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