iPad shmiPad, the voting results are telling us something. Doesn't matter if it's Apple or Samsung or any other tablet, the whole thing is losing it's 'zing'.
Frankly I believe the days of the tablet; with it's vastly cut-down processor whether Apple or Android or the Windows effort; are numbered.
Although they are still costing somewhat more, the ultrabook laptops are beginning to seriously encroach on pure-tablet territory. If you are a serious computer user the question you've got to ask yourself is, why buy an item that can't do half that you want to do, can't store most of it, and can't handle decent backups? Programs such as Photoshop, serious writing, other mathematical stuff and programming cannot be effectively done on a tablet. Sure you can do lots of lightweight stuff but why bother with a half-assed processor and in most cases, less than 64Gb memory?
These new ultrabooks, mostly PCs (sorry guys) made by Lenovo (Helix), Microsoft (Surface) and Intel (Ultrabook 2 in 1) to name only a few, really are set to take over. The only thing holding them back is the price; currently that price is in the 'teens, but it won't be much longer.. We ALL know about hardware prices, don't we..
These ultrabook/tablets are FULL computers, make no mistake. They all have an SSD (solid state drive) installed, not a memory chip as in the tablets! I'm not up with the latest but even I know that SSDs are up to 500Gb: this is REAL memory! All of these units have really good connectivity, unlike the average tablet; they each have a really good keyboard when needed and they each use Windows 8, or 8.1.
What do I hear? Yowls of hatred, I've heard it all. Fellas, the vast majority of Apple users are mostly buried in the past. And not just Apple users, plenty of Windows XP/7 users too.
Windows 8 and now, 8.1 is GREAT. I use it and I love it. There has NEVER been anything so fast and reliable, Apple or otherwise. My Intel powered i5 laptop starts or closes in around 5 seconds; indeed I have to say that although I liked XP, loved 7, really liked 8, I now find 8.1 almost extraordinary.
And (this is for Apple users): ANY mention of viruses is SUCH old hat! When I hear someone spouting that old chestnut my eyes glaze over, and as my vision dims I see this person's face morphing, with grey whiskers growing out of his ears, an old grey moustache hanging over his mouth and huge white eyebrows...
Face it fellas. The day of the pure tablet 'a la iPad' is almost done. What a pity Jobs left 'them' in the lurch..