Originally Posted by kiwee
I would not categorize the iPad as a computer. It can do alot of things, sure..
But calling it a Computer is a stretch.
Sure, you can create some content on it but that's not what most people use it for. No one is writing a novel on an iPad unless the name of the Novel is "Writing on iPad"..
A computer should be able to download files from the Internet. A computer should have some kind of User management etc. At least that's my opinion.
I am not saying a "slate" device can't be a computer, I just feel the OS needs more features to call itself that.
I would go so far as to say that a "slate" running Windows 7 or Mac OS X would be a computer. The iPad in it's current form is not.
Don't get me wrong, I love my iPad. But I would never call it a computer. Maybe it's just me. Or maybe the way we categorize a "Computer" is changing.
This argument reminds me of the dialogue between Will Smith and the android in I Robot. Smith declared that the robot can't be a person because it doesn't create great paintings. To which the robot replied, do YOU make great paintings?
Arbitrary distinctions like being able to download files from the internet or using one to write code as defining PC from non-PC are just that, arbitrary distinctions. A 286 from the 80's, before there were networks and before there was an internet to download files from was still a computer. Did it only become a computer once Al Gore inivented the internet?
The vast majority of computer users will never, ever use their computers to write code. I'm talking 99.99% of the world's PC using population. Does that mean none of those PC's are computers either? Are we saying that it only qualifies as a PC when it has the potential to write code? Because if that's the criteria, the iPad definitely has the potential. There's nothing technically preventing it from being able to do this. Are we sure the app doesn't exist? Even in the jailbroken app store markets?
Keep in mind too that both philosophically and literally speaking, Steve Jobs is trying his best to kill the 30 year old concept of nested folders. Files and folders for files and folders sake is simply not the future of personal computing in his book. He has said as much in different ways on multiple occasions. He's pulling a Cosby on this issue, he brought them into this world and he's gonna take them out.
And one more point- there are things that an iPad doesn't do or do as well as a desktop/notebook PC. Conversely there are things that an iPad does that a they can't do or do very well. Based on the explosive sales growth of iPads, you can reasonably assume that people are coming to the conclusion that iPads are more useful and work better for them than notebooks and desktops, and for a vast number of users is a better PC than what they had access to before. iPads can only become more useful and more robust over time, not less. So whatever arbitrary lines in the sand people hold today will be chipped away at (probably very quickly, within 2 years for any and all points). There's really no reason to hold any such prejudices against a platform that is clearly the future of personal computing.