Originally Posted by Carmissimo
Seems to me that the key is having a device that you can easily pocket
Not to pick on your eminently reasonable post but everyone keeps talking about "pocket ability" without remembering the obvious which is that we all have vastly different sized pockets.
North Americans generally have small pockets and an exaggerated idea of what kind of gear is "too much to carry" whereas some people from other countries may have voluminous pockets in their capes, burkas etc. and be totally okay with packing around twice as much gear as someone from California might be.
Even if we stick to North America, richer men wear blazers and suit coats that can easily "pocket" a small tablet, but working class guys might not ever have a piece of clothing with that kind of pocket room. Women will consider anything they can throw in their purse or a similar sized bag to their purse to be perfectly okay, whereas a guy that's not used to carrying a bag might balk at the iPad because he will have to either carry it around or buy a bag for it.
For these and many other reasons I find the whole "pocketable" argument to be ridiculous given that there is never going to be a clear definition of exactly what size that is.
People will carry with them whatever they think it is that they need and if they aren't carrying your device around it's because the pain of carrying it around, overcame the percieved need the consumer had for it.
At this point the technology is on the bleeding edge. It's far easier to increase the desirability of the product (need) than it is to decrease the weight, or the size of it. I would think Apple will go that way and just keep making the iPad so indispensable that it doesn't matter what size it is. People will have
to have it and they will make all the associated sacrifices on their own.