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There is this debate going on in the analyst community with most arguing that the tablet market is like the PC market was, and Apple will once again be overwhelmed -- in this case largely by Google and Android. But a few of us, mostly me, are arguing that it is behaving much more like the iPod market, and Apple will emerge preeminent unless something big changes. Let's see who is right. I'll close with my product of the week: a tool created by PC vendor Lenovo, which could be used to integrate any browser-based device -- like, say, an iPad -- into any company as a full-fledged and secure client.
I have just realized that most home computer users, my sister and my wife, all of my friends and most of my in-laws among them, used computers because it was all that was available that offered adequate performance.
It was NOT because they wanted to use one, but the rise of the internet heralded the intrusion of PC into a majority of homes because of the utility of the internet, not because households suddenly had uses for computers. (Want to settle a bet? The phrase in my house is "Google knows all.")
The form factor and peripherals that were useful for business were also usable by households but they were not ideal for them.
Now that sufficiently powerful tablets are available, I suspect that we will see a contraction of the PC market as the home buyers switch to tablets and free up their table tops and desks.
While PCs are good for content creation, they are far less than ideal for content consumption. You are forced to sacrifice a location in your home to accomodate them.
Tablets are much more transportable while giving access to the internet.
The PC market will shrink to the number of business establishments while the tablet market will eventually expand to reach the number of homes.
Rob, I am curious what spec your brother had that eliminated all tablets not iPad?