Originally Posted by wizard69
Frankly I don't think Apple can be successful marketing a tablet in the same way as a notebook gets marketed. That would lead to to many disappointed people once the device is in hand. The tablet will need it's own reason for being. We can guess at things such as video Ipod or e-book reading but I highly doubt success would be forth coming with as a spread sheet productivity machine. The simple reason is that input method isn't acceptable for mass text entry.
You are on that vacation trip (train, plane or car). The kids are in the back seat(s) and each has his own personal device. One is watching a movie, another is playing a video game, the third is listening/watching streamed AV Albums or TV. Or they can all interact and share (tweets, walkie-talkie, multiplayer games, AV playlists).
Meanwhile your spouse, in the passenger seat, is reading a book/magazine, or monitoring trip schedules/travelog, or checking security/status at the home front.
You, the driver, are getting turn-by-turn instructions or heads-up of points of interest along the way.
Then, vacation over, we all go back to our daily routine (business data, presos, schedules, home records and management, sports, events, entertainment, school/college). Each of us needs to take our personal stuff with us, whether it be contacts or text books).
So, really, this is for much more than entertainment... it is for most of the things we do.
The interesting thing is that one device does all these things, tailored to your / my specific needs, in any setting, at any time.
For example, the kids would use it for:
--text books, lesson plans, note taking, homework assignment/preparation/submission, drill & practice, tests;
--medical allergies & records;
--personal TV, music player, movie player, game player; ad nauseam.
Who, in the family, wouldn't need/use his own, personal, one of these and the services it provides? Even, the baby would have one, on the wall, to monitor his well-being!
All of this for, say, $800 per device (1-time cost) and, say, $100-$400 per month for all the members of the family unit to access (via cell, WiFi, Cable) the services. The latter could be underwritten by advertising, and/or offset by replacing current, monthly, telephone and cable television costs.
Think of the possibilities of a "Family Plan" concept for packaging and selling the devices, the connectivity and the services!
Point is, Apple will sell hundreds of millions of these. Those providing services or content will have a large, universal, install base to sell into.
... I tend to get excited
DickP.S. Merry Christmas, Everyone!