I can see the Ipad as the good replacement for a laptop when it comes to entertainment mode and a little when you want to read some articles and browsing purpose. But ipad never a better replacement for computer when comes to real work. Even some times in research areas laptop is not a perferct replacement desktop.
If anyone wants a good look at where tablets are going, I'd recommend a look at the trade association RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association). And here's a look at one example of where the iPad is being used:
Finally, there's a huge conference in Orlando Sunday through Tuesday - Retail Now. Google the show site and you're bound to get more data.
Are you comparing smartphones with laptops, netbooks and tablets? :D It's cool to have your smartphone in your pocket and use all the useful functions while you are, say, on your way to work. But can you really use a smartphone you accomplish some real work?
Tablets are netbook sisters. Just lighter and nicer, in the case of the iPad.
iPads are not to replace laptops and I doubt they were thought as a programmer's tool. The main use is for people who need a word processor and Internet access on the go in a very light device. It's not to be everyone's first device, but a complement to a heavier laptop that can stay at home now.
I see the picture you are trying tp paint and that got me thing that with the use of torch screen designing of letter headed paper and other related tasks cna not be done on IPAD and that means for some paper work, PC will still be very much relevant.
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