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So $30 Android phone is a PC, but a Smart TV isn’t?

12/12/2012 6:37:56 PM


Numerous online (and probably offline) publications covered Internet Trends presentation by Mary Meeker from Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers. Judging from the slides it was really interesting and I’d love to see a video of it, but …

Most sites used the above slide as the main takeaway from it and cited the numbers as the biggest reveal of that presentation. I haven’t heard the comments accompanying this chart, so I’m having a hard time understanding what does it represent?

Does “Apple” include OS X and iOS on iPad, iPhone, iPad Touch, Apple TV? Does Android represent Android tablets, phones, cameras, etc.? Judging from the fact that Android’s chart starts in 2007, I would guess that all of them are counted in. Are all of these PCs or PC replacements?

Let’s say we consider the cheapest and crappiest Android phone a PC. This sounds absurd, but OK. But If we do, then why “smart TVs” are not on this chart? Why not eInk readers? Why no Xbox or PS3 or Wii? Why no Sega Mega Drive (or whatever) in the middle of that chart?

I’m pretty sure Amazon has sold a substantial amount of “classic” (non Fire) Kindles to warrant a place on this chart. And Samsung alone expects to sell 25 million smart TVs in 2012. So why don’t we count them in?

You may say these are not PCs and I’ll agree with you. Android based camera isn’t a PC either. And even a mid range Android phone that was never used for anything but phone calls is not a PC. So what constitutes a “Personal Computing Platform” in this chart and what doesn’t?

I’ve definitely watched more YouTube videos on my smart TV than I did on my phone. I did more “internet commerce” (bought ebooks) on my Kindle 3 than I did on any of other devices except for PC. So what makes these devices non-PCs but, say, HTC Magic a PC?

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Android. But I do have a problem with this chart and the idea of using it to make ANY conclusions. It’s just a pointless piece of infographic created to deliver some message.


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