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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I have to an extent
by HunterA3 on Wed 20th Oct 2010 13:35 UTC
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While our smartphones and tablets are capable of being replacements for most of what we do on our computers, the fact that wireless spectrum is limited and the more we use it, the more congested it becomes. Look to the problems that AT&T is having with the iphone in the US.

Now, particularly in the US, you are seeing a move to tiered data plans to curb the amount of bandwidth being used by customers. They offer you a whopping 150 MB with Verizon and 200 MB with both T-Mobile and AT&T. All three have higher use plans, but the cost per MB has risen dramatically as a result. This leave users with the option of going over routinely, paying increasingly expensive data plans, or using their traditional computers and wifi networks to make up for the lost capacity.

Because of the lack of available spectrum/bandwidth, and the carriers move to tiered plans as a result, it clearly places smartphones and tablets in the realm of supplementary devices to our PCs and not as true fully independent standalone internet devices. They are being relegated to being over-glorified peripherals thanks to the lack of innovation on the carriers part.

Edited 2010-10-20 13:37 UTC

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