iPads Are PCs, Because Canalys Says So
When the iPad first arrived on the scene, everyone, including Apple, heralded it as a brand new category of device. Not a smartphone, not a netbook, but something entirely new. Canalys calls shenanigans. In what appears to be a morale-boosting speech to the super-sad iPad that wishes it could play ball as well as the rest of the kids, Canalys says this about the iPad and other tablet devices (which they insist on calling pads, further exacerbating the problem with these jokes):
‘Any argument that a pad is not a PC is simply out of sync,’ said Chiam. ‘With screen sizes of seven inches or above, ample processing power, and a growing number of applications, pads offer a computing experience comparable to netbooks. They compete for the same customers and will happily coexist. As with smart phones, some users will require a physical keyboard, while others will do without.’
Furthermore, since a Prius can accomplish most of the same tasks as a motorcycle (except making you look cool), Toyota and Harley-Davidson will now share sales numbers. They’ve just become the biggest auto-maker in the world! Amazing!
Now, while some have taken issue with the claim that the iPad is a perfect replacement for netbooks, even avid iPad supporters admitting they’re no replacement, attempts to make the iPad more useful for daily work have failed miserably, and more proper netbook/laptop devices have been met with rave reviews often at the expense of the iPad, that’s no reason to think that laptop sales and iPad sales should be kept separate.
The reason to keep them separate is because they’re tablets. Thanks Canalys for ridding us of any valuable metric we could use to see how well the tablet market is doing versus other forms of computing devices. It’s ok. I wasn’t really all that interested anyways. I just wanted to know how Apple is faring against HP and Dell. Because that’s the story everyone’s talking about, right?