is the iPad a mobile device?


Is the iPad a mobile device?

Erm, ermmmm, e.. maybe?

What actually makes a device mobile? Screen size, ability of making phone calls, 3G? caught up with CNN’s VP of Mobile Louis Gump, who offered a whole different perspective:

This fall a mass of tabloids will be launched, prompting content owners to address long-standing right’s issues. For instance, should MobiTV, which has the right to stream content to mobile phones, also be able to stream videos to the iPad?

Gump explains: “This is a similar evolution to what took place on mobile phones. FLO TV, MobiTV (and others) all had to figure out how to secure rights, and now it is happening again with tablets.”

It may be easier as both, content owners and content distributors becoming more flexible as new devices come to market in a constant stream, however, it still remains an on-going debate. On the most extreme end, some content owners view the iPad as a substitute for cable television, and would like to charge more for content sold on tablets.

So, what does CNN believe?

Gump: Laptops are more like PCs than mobile phones, and iPads are more like mobile phones than like laptops. While screen size and wireless-connectivity are two major points, he argues the biggest point of difference is convenience. Tablets offer continuous connectivity. Users typically turn off their laptop between usages while on the go, but iPads stay on all day, like a phone. “You are at the airport, you pull it out, and you use it. It’s completely about convenience.”


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