Originally Posted by Jcoz
This is why I can get worked up over this.
This is an example of a totally ludicrous and false definition of what a computer is.
I mean it literally is incorrect in every way.
That ipad is more capable than the majority of computers to have ever been in existence.
The iPad obviously
is a "computer".
And it obviously
is a computer that is designed primarily for "personal" usage.
Along the same lines, a four-function pocket electronic calculator indisputably
is also a "computer".
And four-function pocket calculators indisputably
are designed primarily for personal use.
And yet, when you take the word "personal" and put it together with the word "computer", you end up with the loaded term "P
omputer" (capitalization added intentionally), abbreviated as "PC", whose definition (by common consensus) seems to contain some extra connotation beyond what is understood by the two words taken separately.
a four-function pocket calculator would not fit anybody's modern definition of the loaded term "PC". No more than a microwave oven would. Or an iPod shuffle. Or an inkjet printer. Even though they all are computational devices (computers) which are primarily designed for personal use, they are not "Personal Computers" in their own right.
The iPad approaches the area where the lines get very blurry indeed. To some, it would appear as an appliance -- an accessory that goes along with another device which is their primary PC. To others, the iPad appears to be a PC in its own right.
To me personally, the iPad (and other iOS devices in general) has more in common with inkjet printers and iPod shuffles (PC accessories), rather than being a PC in its own right. But I can understand the justification for both peoples' opinions on the matter, even if I don't necessarily agree with them.