Originally Posted by agramonte
you need a computer to make the website you visit... to design the magazine you read.... to code the APP you use... to render the movies you rent... if it was not for an actual computer you would do nothing with an ipad.
only way you think an ipad is in the same as a MAC is if you make nothing - it is an insult to lump a MAC running OSX with the mickey mouse iOS and a toy like an iPad.
Even Apple keeps them apart.
Some of those things are valid but how much of it is due to a lack of apps? Here's an app for web development for example:
One for making books:
With iMovie, you can do rough edits, if they put FCPX on there it takes it up a notch. Same with Aperture. They have Photoshop Touch too:
The fact is, the iPad is running a desktop-class operating system. Now, while the iPhone is running the exact same OS and isn't defined as a PC, the screen size and usage scenarios have to come into it.
I've seen people replace laptops with iPads as their only device too and they couldn't replace them with a phone.
When the iPad was a slave device, it could never replace other machines but now that it's a master device, that is no longer true and I think it is valid to class it as a PC.