2010-10-26, 01:27 PM
'Computer' is such a generic term -especially these days with the varying types of hardware and form-factor- that people really need to be more specific when referring to sales figures or reporting about any usage/manufacturing/sales data related to computing devices.
Having gone through my high school and college years during the early/mid 90's, the first image that comes to my mind when I hear "computer" is a desktop PC.
2010-10-27, 12:37 AM
the niche arguement, as you'd like to put it off is this:
ipad vs rest of the pc industry is a small niche (ie how many ipads were sold vs all other laptops, netbooks, desktops, servers, etc etc)
I think iPad is a tablet
the slate is a tablet
if it fits in jeans pocket, it's a PMP (personal/portable media player)
the ipod touch, archos, etc fit in that category
tablet would be 7-10 or 11" screen, no keyboard, touchscreen, etc etc
that being said, with the success of iPad, i'm looking forward to a ton of innovation in that style of computer
2010-10-27, 02:01 AM
For what it's worth, I bought the iPad as a colour ebook reader. To me, one's usage of an item makes it what it is. Eg. Is it a coat hanger, or is it an antenna? Depends on it's current usage.
I should mention that I'm posting this from my iPad, so to be fair, it's a web tool at this very moment, but it will be returning to it's raison d'Ítre shortly. ;)
But language is an ever changing medium, and there was a time when people were termed 'computers' and 'calculators' as well, though not these days.