I'd like to disagree. I've got a tablet (a different one, not an iPad ) and find it very useful for always having access to my materials (mostly PDFs). You can synchronise data easily (Dropbox) and are always able to check them even if you're outside, in a train, bus or wherever else. It's not meant to replace a real machine and of course everything depends on what kind of work you're doing. For reading, highlighting text or adding short comments it does play its role well. If you want to write more text then of course a normal desktop computer or even a laptop is much better.
We are not at all disagreeing
, what you described is (mainly) a "passive" user of the computer, you use it to access/read already created material (your .pdf's) and make to them very little changes (highlighting/short comments).
For this use, an iPad (or similar tablet) is a very convenient tool
Which means that all editors working at newspapers and the like have an ideal platform to do their work on the move, but let me doubt that actual journalists find it productive to actually write the articles, that the editors will later check on their tablets, on a tablet. (as well, most students do have a powerful tool to read, learn, search and find answers to their question, but this is not "work").
The whole point is that the tablet is NOT a replacement for a real PC, but since a large number of users have no actual use for a real PC, they use a tablet instead of it, and the marketing guru's erroneusly (IMHO) get from the numbers some "wrong" conclusions.
You can stamp your feet all the time (and as hard as) you want, but the fact is that everyone (every single worker that needs a PC for his work) has one PC at work and a similar one at home, and unless they broke they won't be replaced anytime soon.
I.e. it is a saturated market, that changed in the last few years from a "primary" market to a "replacement" one.
The tablet market is different, it is new and a tablet is something that is additional
to a PC, NOT
a replacement for it, Apple (iPad) and Samsung (Galaxy and similar) were very good in making more than decent products and lead this sector of the market.
No surprise that MS (with it's Surface) wants to enter this separate (and "rich") market. (whether it will have success or not in this, it will soon be seen, depending on how the new thingy will work)
BUT the taken approach of dumbing down the PC in order to make it more similar to the tablet, so that people will have (in the MS peeps' perverted mind) a "same" environment on the tablet and on the PC and, since people will be forced to use a (Windows 8) PC at work, then they will choose the MS tablet over the competitors models because the interface will be similar is (still IMHO) a stupid approach.
Edited by jaclaz, 29 August 2012 - 05:06 AM.