Originally posted by TWinbrook46636
What's with the attitude? I just asked him why he wanted one so badly. I don't get the whole tablet idea. Might be good for the medical field but how would the average user benefit?
That's like saying "Why would anyone need a keyboard? Might be good for the legal field but how would the average user benefit?". Pretending the clipboard way of holding a computer and pen based input are too complex for normal users is like saying typing is too complex. It's a false assumption. it's just that so many tablets have been too bulky, poorly implemented and poorly marketed.
Holding a tablet (if light enough) like a pad of paper and writing directly onscreen feels very natural. It is far more mobile. Average users would love it so long as the input method is at least as "flawless" as the keyboard and mouse are. Plus tablets could snap on to a stand and be used as mere displays too, old style, so you could use a mouse and keyboard.
There were plenty of crummy MP3 players on the market prior to the iPod. But Apple took the idea and ran with it and exploded the market. I think Apple could do the same for a tablet form factor. There is nothing inherently wrong with it, just that prior implementations were lacking. Apple should do to the tablet what Palm did to the Newton...refine, redesign, and market the hell out of it as a new thing, to hell with what came before. (As Apple is doing with iPod).