This is elucidated in the application programs installed in the computer.
These computers can either be:
General purpose computers.
These are computers designed to perform a variety of tasks when installed with appropriate programs. For instance a desktop computer may be used in document processing, accounting e.t.c, a smart phone can be used in surfing, play games, communicate e.t.c;
Special purpose computers
These are computers developed in a way that allows them perform a specific task. NB: these computers cannot perform any other task except the one they were meant to do.
Examples of these computers include;
- Robots- used in manufacturing industry and war.
- Remote – control a specified electronic device’ functionality.
- Mobile phones- used in communication only.
- Calculators- carry out calculations only.Microwave ovens e.t.c
#advantage of using special purpose computers is that, they are very efficient and very fast.
These are mainly General purpose computers that have been dedicated to perform a particular task. E.g. a desktop computer dedicated to document processing or accounting.