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[6]: It cannot be included
by Drumhellar on Mon 18th Oct 2010 23:11 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: It cannot be included"
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I think my above post is probably the most sensible definition, but what is a PC or isn't is a mostly arbitrary decision, and an actual classification system isn't likely to ever be defined.

It may very well be that in 10 years, iPad-type devices will be considered standard PCs, but what most people think of as a PC is nothing like an iPad. It is a new device, and deserves it's own classification.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

No offence, but I think its terrible. Its not that an ipad is borderline on one of those. I think it meets all three as well as some laptops and desktops do. And I don't think an ipad is a pc. Therefore, I do not think it is a good system of classification.

Maybe you should define tablets and smart phones first, then the classification of PC might jump out at you as being something that meets these criteria but not the smart phone /tablet definition.

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