Originally Posted by Andrew H.
For tens of millions of people, a laptop - or desktop, for that matter - is just a toy. Most people who have a computer at home never use it for productive work aside from, maybe, writing the occasional e-mail. They use the home computer for internet and e-mail, and probably nothing else. The iPad is a good replacement for these people.
The conceit in this thread that people won't use an iPad because it's not useful for productive work - even if it were correct - has no bearing on how most people use their second computer.
Maybe it's my age, but I don't know anyone
who just does email and internet on their home computers. Not even my grandparents.
My artistic friends create movies, either professionally or for YouTube. Others do serious photography. Neither of which can run well on even a laptop. You need big screens and lots of power for real work in these fields. Even my 93 year old grandfather uses Photoshop.
My engineering peers are constantly tinkering. I know, myself, I have 3 different CAD programs on my computer, not to mention several programming languages. I'm not alone in this.
I think it's really silly to assume 'most' people don't do power intensive things on their computers.