Word for an Internet-enabled computing device

Jenni Lukac jenni.lukac at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 26 21:41:21 UTC 2011

I'm a translator chiming in from Spain. The term preferred by my clients in
the tech sector is "mobile device."

I really enjoy following the conversations maintained by ADS members.

Thanks so much for allowing me to listen in.

Best regards,

Jenni Lukac

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On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 11:21 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com>wrote:

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> At Diva Espresso, there is a notice that if you register your coffee card
> online, you get five dollars. It says that the wizard will guide your
> "computer or phone" through the process. Not reading the notice with much
> attention, it took a second take to figure out that by "phone" they meant
> "smart phone," but on further reflection, feature phones might be able to
> handle something like this as well.
> Clearly, the phrase "computer or phone" is trying to describe an
> Internet-enabled device with computing capacity, which clearly includes
> tablet computers and perhaps feature phones. Even though a "tablet computer"
> is a computer by definition, I have trouble with idea that an iPad is a
> computer. I've only touched an iPad once or twice, but my understanding is
> that they are more like a large-screen smart phone.
> Perhaps "computing device" is the wise choice for being inclusive.
> Benjamin Barrett
> Seattle, WA
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