The iPad 2 is released in the UK tomorrow. I am driving downtown tomorrow lunch-time to get one.
Why? Because I want one, and I damn well deserve one, so I shall damn well have one. :D
People buy them because Apple makes you think you're cool if you have one.
It's no different than voting for Obama in '08.
If I want to maintain some databases or run my financial software or mirror my workstation, I'll use my desktop - not a phone.
People like the idea of tablets because tablets do what most people use computers for 95% of the time: surfing the Internet, buying stuff off Amazon, reading books, mags, and blogs, commenting, using social media, and reading email or IMing. That you can also play games, watch movies, and manipulate music downloads as well as managing pix and clips is awesome.
I think most tablet-haters are men who refuse to accept a device that may require more than a hip pocket in terms of storage space.
I admit, I really want one. I don't use my home computer for anything heavy duty, and the i-pad would be perfect for it.
I'd love to a notepad developed as a replacement for textbooks. Imagine only having to update your text book instead of having to buy new editions. It would save schools a bundle.