I'll admit I haven't read the entire thread and some of these points may have been covered.
No one should buy a tablet INSTEAD of a laptop. They shouldn't be compared any more than an e-reader can be compared to a smartphone. Sure, some of the same functionality exists on both but the underlying purpose is completely different. A laptop shines in mobile computing, that is, running desktop software on a mobile platform. A tablet, on the other hand, shines when using software made for the tablet and for more portability than even a laptop can provide. To buy one over the other completely misses the point of the two devices.
There are plenty of people who have no use for a tablet. On the same note, there are plenty of people who have no use for cars, no use for a desktop PC, no use for CLOTHES even. Just because you (spoken generically in this post) don't have a use for it does not mean it doesn't fit the exact niche another person has been trying to fill.
The same arguments abound for prebuilt PCs. "They're so expensive, only idiots buy them, ..." If you aren't mature enough to realize that not everyone is just like you, then I sure hope you are in your first few years of high school and will grow up before I have to interact with you in any meaningful way. Unfortunately, not everyone will reach that point...
It's getting pretty old to see people bashing tablets for their own personal lack of use for one. There are also devices (generally called tablet PCs) that are between a 'laptop' and a 'tablet'. So before you go spouting off why a device is pointless and overpriced and lame and only sheep buy them, grow up and realize that your apparent misunderstanding of the device and personal opinion does not equal a final word on it.Edited by IEATFISH - 4/30/11 at 1:12pm