In the past, I’ve instinctively associated “mobile” with “phone”, as in something that has cellular voice as a primary function. But most of the world has, apparently, decided to include tablets (but, curiously, not laptops) in this definition.
I did an informal poll on Twitter. I asked:
HiveMind Poll: Answer Yes/No: When someone says “mobile” (as in mobile industry) that includes tablets.
— Charlie Kindel (@ckindel) October 18, 2012
The vast majority of respondents said “Yes”.
I don’t much care either way, I just want to be consistent. Therefore, based on this little poll:
From here on out, if I use the term “mobile” I mean a user, business, or developer scenario where the primary device is not tethered to mains power.
Thus a scenario involving a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, a netbook, an computer embedded in the dashboard of a car, a connected camera, or a device like a Fitbit is “mobile”.
Of course, this means we can also imply “Mobile” is everything but desktop computing, data-centers, cloud, and television.
(For the record, I’m making this statement because I’m working on a set of posts where I don’t want to have to argue about this. I figure if I write a post that defines what I mean I can just reference it).
Update: More here