When is a mobile not a mobile?

There is a vast market of touchscreen devices, growing daily, but the naming protocol is leaving me confused? Between mobiles and tablets, ipods and ipads ( OK iKnow those last two are branded…) – where are the dividing lines in these ….can I call them hand held devices?

Screen size obviously matters.

Mobile touchscreens now vary from 2.63” on the Palm Pixi through the iPhones 3.5” to the 4” Samsung Galaxy S. Then you muddy the waters a little with the tablets….Galaxy tablets in two sizes 8.9 and 10.1, iPads weighing in at 9.5” but these are not mobiles.

So is it the telephony aspect? The ability to make calls and send and receive texts? Where this market is heading is anyone’s guess but I for one would not be signing up for a two year plan. Not even for an iPad….

So if a tablet can access the internet, then I could make all the calls and IM that would replace the telephone aspect of a mobile phone? Without the charges too. I can even send images and conference call and chat. Why would I want to phone call and text?

So where is the differentiating line? Is an iPod touch a mobile without the telephony aspect? Incidentally iWonder how the iPod touch sales are holding up given the functionality of smart phones……
At the moment, no one would carry both a mobile and a tablet, besides the factoring in of the number of broken tablet screens.

Maybe we will get to customise our devices, adding functionality here losing something else there, above all this detail there is one factor that is constant.

Touchscreen navigation is so the new black.

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About Callieo

Lives with a pack of salukis in the middle of fields in Galway, shares said fields with some warmblood horses.
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