Originally Posted by FuturePastNow
The touch also fits in your pocket, allowing it to transparently go wherever you go. The iPad needs a bag to lug around.
Which is why I have been considering the iPad as a complimentary device, as opposed to one that replaces any particular product in Apple's current range. This is a good thing for Apple on account of they will not experience a drastic drop in sales of other products, per se.
This is certainly why Apple has priced this product so aggressively, by Apple standards, even at this early stage. There is no way that the iPad could effectively replace a MacBook or desktop system unless, of course, you're talking about someone who uses a computer strictly to access the Internet and other similarly rudimentary tasks, in which case you wonder why the person was buying an Apple in the first place.
The iPad is in no way a replacement for an iPhone/Touch in that, as you point out, you can't just slip it in your pocket. I take my Touch with me to work which gives me something to tinker with during breaks. Stuck in a waiting room? The Touch, yes, the iPad, no chance.
But, if I'm puttering around the house and I want to read the morning paper or whatever, now the iPad heads to the top of the list. If I'm in the medical profession, the iPad fits. If I'm doing a keynote presentation, the iPad makes sense. Want the kids in the back seat to be entertained on that long road trip? The iPad. Want to show off the latest pics of the little ones to the proud grandparents? Definitely the iPad. Travelling abroad? An iPad would make a better companion than a laptop assuming one isn't trying to get any demanding work done on account of the iPad is more portable than a laptop with better battery life.
So the goal, I suspect, is to have households that have an iMac in the den, an iPhone in every pocket, so to speak, and an iPad or two floating around to round out the picture. Maybe it's not an iMac. Perhaps it's a Mini or maybe a laptop or even somebody else's computer. Regardless, the iPad is being designed as a compliment.
It's not a go-anywhere, do-anything device on account of such a thing can't be done without serious compromises.
The Touch is a marvelous device. I own one and am delighted with it. But the screen is far too small for many activities. The iPad brings big-screen glory to the handheld realm and while some seem to think this is a very small thing, I believe this is a big deal. If this isn't revolutionary enough for many, too bad. Something truly revolutionary would be exceedingly expensive and unable to gain a foothold in the current weak economic climate. I'm sure Steve Jobs believes he is making a difference in people's lives but he's still responsible for ensuring Apple is making a boatload of cash. Besides, how do you change the world if the world doesn't buy in.