Are smartphones computers?

stormWe’ve heard folks claim that today’s smartphones are so powerful compared to years ago that they should be considered computers.  Matt Miller carries that thought with his observation that Nokia was the world’s largest computer maker in 2008.  I’m sure that Nokia agrees with Matt and he’s referred to some compelling arguments for that thought but me I can’t buy it.

I am first to agree that any device with a processor that can do computing type tasks are technically computers but there’s some semantics involved that gets in the way.  We think of computers as those systems that lets us do our work, all of our work, whether in the office or on the run.  Smartphones can often do in a pinch but I certainly wouldn’t want to try to do all my work on one.


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