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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Nicholas Blachford
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Sounds like a lot of this discussion is just semantics.

Well, they are all personal, and they're all computers in one way or another.

But they are not desktop computers or derived from them, which I think most people mean by "PC"s.

However, what about the Toshiba AC-100? It's smartbook (and yes, it's shipping).

Technologically it's closer to a smartphone than a desktop PC - it has an Nvidia ARM based SoC running Androidand there's a 3G option. But it's in a netbook form factor and netbooks definitely *are* PCs.

Given the same chip with the same OS will appear in phones will not be a PC then? What's the difference?

So is the distinction of what is or isn't a PC entirely down to form factor, or does the distinction doesn't matter anymore?

I think the only thing we can conclude from all this is we are now clearly in the post PC era. The traditional desktop or laptop machines are being supplanted by different devices with different technologies, different OSs and different form factors.

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