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The Game Begins Again, Again

So, Amazon has announced a couple of updates to its line of tablets. Just as is the case whenever any new tablet is announced, tech journalists are falling all over themselves to draw a chalk outline around Apple’s corpse. Check out Tim Carmody’s dumbly titled (only for the page views, bro!) piece, “Amazon to Apple: the game starts now”:

Ultimately, Amazon’s strategy here is to avoid engaging with Apple on Apple’s terms. If or when Apple launches an iPad Mini, it may blow Amazon’s devices away — but at least it will be on ground that Amazon, not Apple, helped to create. Still, you can imagine Apple’s marketing team preparing for another round of ads already: if it isn’t an iPad… it isn’t an iPad.

Great article. Except for, you know, the fact that “the game began” 2.5 years ago when the first iPad was released. Apple “carved out” the ground, and then Amazon stood on it while slapping together a crappy piece of “me-too!” garbage. But OK, whatever, yeah, these new Kindle Fires are the 9,006th and 9,007th tablets that are finally going to murder every iPad owner and burn their faces with white-hot Ninja Fire. It’s a fact! A history-erasing fact!

Look, to be fair: Amazon is definitely doing some things the right way–such as attempting to focus on ecosystem and not CPU clock-speeds–and Carmody’s article basically wants to tell that story. Unfortunately, that story is completely coated in provocative bullshit designed to make fangeeks angry, and thus click a link, and thus be advertised to. It’s seedy and gross, and it casts a bad light on whatever The Verge and other tech publications might publish.

Actually, I think all of our commercial news outlets work like that. Screw obvious truth, here’s some inane gibberish, watch this ad. It’s no wonder we’re a nation of drooling idiots.

Are tablets PC’s?

Any device which is A) personal and B) computes is a PC, to my mind. The argument that phones and tablets aren’t PC’s because they’re less capable than desktops is more than a little specious. Our phones and tablets are arguably more powerful and capable than our desktops and laptops were ten years ago–with a few exceptions given for things like video editing, but even that task was pretty primitive back then compared to now. If tablets aren’t PC’s because they’re less capable than a full-blown modern Mac Pro, should we also retroactively decide that 1995’s computers aren’t PC’s?

The idea of “what a computer is” isn’t changing, per se, it’s just that we have this arbitrary distinction between mobile and not-so-mobile. That distinction will continue to erode. I have no doubt about it. We’re talking about form factor here less than we’re talking about essential functionality.

Back to the oft-repeated notion that one “can’t get anything done” on these mobile devices: I personally own a Windows desktop, a Windows netbook, a CR-48 (chromebook), an iPad and an iPhone. Any computing task I undertake–anything, except for video editing–can be done on any of these devices (nota bene: I’m a professional filmmaker, so the editing I do is of a different sort than that which Joe Blow is going to do…and that can be done on an iPad, pretty much). The idea that “real work” can only be done on a desktop or a laptop is incredibly fallacious, and I think the people who say that sort of thing are probably most often people who don’t (yet) own tablets.