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Re: Be realistic

@LarsG: "The purchase of iPads are not instead of a PC, it's to compliment the PC. So this story really makes no sense at all."

It makes perfect sense - it's the only reason they are selling in such large numbers. The reason it doesn't make sense to most techies is that they realise a PC and a tablet are both computers and we try put them in the same class. But to the general public, a tablet is an appliance. Have you seen the primitive uses most PCs are put to? Browsing the Internet, basic communication (think FaceBook, email, etc), and media to some extent. But the pain of setting up and maintaining a general-purpose computer for your average user is enormous.

The iPad was designed to be an appliance. It's practically always-on, provides instant, finger-tip access to common uses, requires no learning/expertise, makes no technical demands on the user ("do you trust this source? ...are you sure you want to download that? ...you have no Firewall installed ...there are 50,000 security updates ready to install, blah, blah).

For most people, this is a welcome relief from the need to own/operate a general-purpose computer. Make no mistake - for these people, the iPad is a replacement for a PC. Readers of sites like The Register might find it hard to relate to that, but we're a small minority of the marketplace.

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