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Bloomberg notes that the Russian government has reclassified the iPad as a computer, in order to avoid a steep import tax. The story was originally reported [Google Translate] by the Russian newspaper Vedomosti.

The reason for the tax was because the 3G iPad was considered a GPS-enabled navigation device. With the change, the iPad is now considered a mere computer -- however, many other tablets with GPS capabilities are still subject to the tax.

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PracticalMac Avatar
161 months ago
You guys apparently have not seen some of the aircraft flight apps, have you.

iPad with said apps offers better navigation quality then most of the small aircraft, and even a few older big ones, in existence.
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Feed Me Avatar
161 months ago
It's not a GPS-enabled navigation device any more, just a mere Computer
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firewood Avatar
161 months ago
It's not a GPS-enabled navigation device any more, just a mere Computer

The problem is that it's all of the above and more. It's a more powerful PC with a better display than a couple IBM PCs and a PowerMac that I've owned, a more accurate GPS with better maps than my old handheld GPS, a better camera than my first digital camera, a voice recorder, a guitar tuner, a calendar PDA, an ebook reader, a portable music player, a handheld gaming device, a remote desktop thin-client, a vibration measuring device, a digital clock, ... etc.

If some government levied a tax on each of the above product categories, they could probably tax an iPad or iPhone at an amount well above what the thing costs.
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LatinGeek Avatar
161 months ago
The only thing the FAA has approved the ipad for is charts and flight manuals...

Nobody ever said anything about FAA-approval.
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Mad-B-One Avatar
161 months ago
This whole tax is probably a promotion tax for the Russian GLONASS, their answer to GPS. There are products out there which use both - like the iPhone 4S. Anyways, putting it on devices which are primarily for other use might convince Russia to excemt them from this tax - especially when every member of their parliament wants an iPad 3 (or 2S or HD or what ever will be called). Now, if Apple pays for using GLONASS anyways (because technically they do) (http://goinggps.com/iphone-4s-now-supports-russian-version-of-gps/), this tax might be seen as obsolete since they now pay fees for that.
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jayducharme Avatar
161 months ago
I imagine that other manufacturers are going to demand a reclassification of their cellular tablets as well. The idea that a tablet would be considered a "navigation device" in the first place is a bit ridiculous, even if it does include rudimentary GPS.
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