Linked by David Adams on Tue 31st Jan 2012 23:08 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless An article at The Next Web points out that the latest marketshare numbers put Apple at the top of "PC" makers, and that some PC makers that don't have any tablet momentum are calling foul. It's "controversial" to count tablets as PCs, they say. The article points out various justifications for not categorizing tablets as personal computers, and then shoots them down. I must say, I find the argument compelling.
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RE: No,
by Deviate_X on Wed 1st Feb 2012 12:48 UTC in reply to "No,"
Deviate_X
Member since:
2005-07-11

A tablet is a PC if it can:

* Run the applications that PC's run
* Use a printer and basic lan networking
* All PCs have been able to load software

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RE[2]: No,
by TemporalBeing on Wed 1st Feb 2012 19:23 in reply to "RE: No,"
TemporalBeing Member since:
2007-08-22

A tablet is a PC if it can:

* Run the applications that PC's run
* Use a printer and basic lan networking
* All PCs have been able to load software


Then a Mac is not a PC since it can't run Linux or Windows based software. Likewise for Linux and Windows since they can't run Mac software.

That is a very broken definition.

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RE[3]: No,
by fretinator on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 02:23 in reply to "RE[2]: No,"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Based on your definition my Android phone is a PC, except for your recursive definition of "running PC programs". Think about it. What a PC program - a program that runs on a PC. What's a PC - it runs PC programs. Nice!

Other than the circular reasoning above, my Phone prints to a network printer, can access files on the Lan, and I can load all kinds of programs.

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