Originally Posted by jeffreytgilbert
I'm buying one of these because it's got one thing the ipad will never have... an IR port. This lovely little device will be the ultimate universal remote for ALL my electronics, not just the underwhelming apple tv (already have an xbox slim and ps3 slim), and will work with my sony surround sound system and tv. Apple will never look backwards at some old useful technology like the IR port and think, hey! this would make a great addition to our super slim gizmo! so it's destine to never ever serve a purpose in my living room.
Technology has passed you by, my friend.
IR is no longer the preferred means of achieving control over your gear. I have an Aeros RF device that handles up to ten devices. These devices are tucked away in a closet out of the public view (I'm not one who has to show off my gear to satisfy my ego). I can control a TV in one room, music in another, watch slides via ATV in a third. DVD, Cable TV, cable music channels, the whole works from one very simple device with barely two dozen buttons. All software-controlled on an LCD.
So, in the end, I don't see the need to buy a Sony tablet to control my entertainment system. Why should I? Why would I spend the money on a tablet that's used (primarily, if I'm reading your comment correctly) to control a sound system. That's just not a very intelligent way to spend your money, or to thumb your nose at Apple.
And by the way: *plonk*