Actually, the iPod was a redundant device when it came out as there were other mp3 players on the market. However, mp3 players gained much greater popularity once the iPod hit the market. That was because Apple took an existing idea and executed it in a way that people came to really enjoy using it. It's still non-essential. That was the criteria you were using before, one that really doesn't matter. I'm good with you sticking to what is in your opinion "essential items", I'm just pointing out that other people do not.
I will buy an iPad because it appears that it is going to perform a number of functions, not just one role, in a form factor and execution that appears very enjoyable. I suspect that is also why others will buy iPads. I suspect that a broader range of apps will be available for the iPad that would not work at all well on the iPhone.
It really just offers a different way to do the same tasks.
Interestingly enough, "better" falls into the category of different. However, "better" will be in eye of the user. I take your opinion that it is not better for you, but I'm also quite sure that others will find it a better way to do those same things it does.
Now you may say, well people have portable TVs and HDTVs at the same time; bicycles and cars. I would say, how many people use both to the extent it justifies having both?
I would say that is for them to decide, not you or me. It's highly likely that don't care much whether or not you or I think their purchases were justified. But you rightfully recognize that people often buy "redundant non-essential" devices. Thank you for that.
I think that if you have to manage the content on the computer anyway and be productive, the iPad has a much lesser role.
Okay, your opinion is noted. Soon, others will be able to decide for themselves if that is the case.
Every single person I've ever known with an ipod (and I'd like to be exaggerating here) has asked me how to get music off it onto another computer.
I can't think of a single person that I know who has an iPod who has ever asked me that. so where does that get us? Oh yea, it gets us back to the point that some people care about certain features and others do not. So is it safe to assume that all the people who asked you this question promptly got rid of their iPods in exchange for another mp3 which could function in that manner? Or did they keep their iPods anyway?
You could say that about the set-top box market.
Sure you can. You can say it about a multitude of things in the market that are not even made by Apple. That doesn't invalidate what you quoted, it merely points out that that market is not guaranteed, which wasn't something I claimed, so I'm not sure what your point is. I'm familiar with the lackluster interest in Apple TV if that is your point. I'm thinking the interested is considerably different for the iPad, but again, time will tell.
I don't think so.
Okay, we have another point of disagreement then.
People buy netbooks as their only master device and it costs less than an iPad.
This is a true statement only when qualified as such; "SOME people...." Just so you know, some people buy netbooks in addition to their desktops, and even in some cases, in addition to their laptops. I think there is enough of those some people that and iPad would be a preferable alternative to a netbook.
At any rate, I'm going to wait and see the outcome, with my iPad of course (when I can get it). You haven't provided a single argument so far that convinces me (admittedly not knowing if that is even one of your goals) that the iPad is going to be a failure. What many of your statements has suggested to me that you don't see the marketplace the same way I do, a way that recognizes that not all people buy or don't buy things according to my personal criteria.