Originally Posted by mstone
Relax, I get it. My only comparison was that iPad is a no brainer for the common non-tech savvy consumer, just as IBM was a no brainer for the typical non-technical purchasing agent of the 80's.
Apple has the ecosystem, name recognition, popularity etc, JUST LIKE IBM had in the 80's. I could care less about your devotion to Apple, that is not part of my analogy.
Of course the analogy completely breaks down if you think about it for a second. IBM made the computers the IT guys liked; consumers were obliged to follow suit. "Liking" PCs never entered into the equation.
Apple made the tablet consumers like, full stop. I guess you want to suggest that the reason the iPad is so popular is some kind of group think, but of course consumers are pretty smart, en mass, about voting with their wallets (when given the freedom to choose, outside of corporate dictates). If they buy the iPad in large numbers, it's probably because they like it and they like how it works.
If they continue to buy the iPad in large numbers, choosing it over rivals, it's probably because they like it more and think it works better than those rivals. The idea that consumers fear they'll be ridiculed if they start toting around a Xoom and will therefore continue to buy iPads even if they are the inferior choice is stupid beyond saying.
We've managed to get from "Apple's customers are a small cadre of hipsters, posers and the terminally style-consious" to "Apple's customers are a legion of fearful conformists." Somehow "Apple's customers are people who like Apple's products, for entirely logical reasons" never seems to enter into it.