Originally Posted by cmdahler
The pricing of this thing plus the disastrous timing with the release of the iPad basically mean that this device isn't just going to sell poorly, it's hardly going to sell at all. Anyone in the "business professional" category dropping that kind of cash for a business-oriented device is just going to buy a laptop. The folks at PL are just nuts. Of course, voting with your wallet is definitely a way to get the price to come down. I predict that within a few months after the iPad really gets off the ground, PL re-purposes and re-prices this thing in the $400 to $500 range. The price they're charging now is just insane.
This depends on your definition of "professionals".
If "professionals" means (for example) consultants, they definitely are well equipped already. But of course they usually don't buy their hardware themselves, they are equipped by corporate. There's a budget of course, but the range we're talking about won't be any problem. Then it's all about tax deduction or professional acceptance.
If "professionals" means (upper) management, lots of them don't even have a laptop. Lots of them even refuse to use mobile phones or BlackBerrys ("I've got 1 or x PAs for that"). They might not use any kind of "tablet" either, it depends on the general acceptance and (to some extent) on the "cool factor".
iPad may nail it for some. But how many managers do you know who use iPhones?