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They have been featured in sci fi shows like Star Trek and Stargate for decades, why did it pretty much take the iPad/Kindle to get things going?
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3g and 4g and being able to make wireless hotspots with smart phones, plus size.
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Just like the iPod made mp3 players catch on?
Wii started motion gaming even though it was created before.
Avatar is what pushed 3d some more.
Etc...

Basically other products didn't work out well with the community but when one starts selling so much other companies catch on and try to get money from that market.

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3g and 4g and being able to make wireless hotspots with smart phones, plus size.
Huh?

He is asking why it took 2 products to make them mainstream in the market.
Edited by LiLChris - 12/19/10 at 3:04pm
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Apple seems to be the trendsetter. They make an easy to use and solid product, and since it has an I in front everyone wants one. This starts it all.
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These new things should not be called "tablets". And when did the kindle become included in the pad department? Can it do video now? They really are pads which I think they're even called in several of the OP's mentioned sci-fi shows (except for stargate, rodney only uses a tablet laptop).

As for why they suddenly became popular? There are an insurmountable number of variables that played into that. It's like why did the gasoline internal combustion engine beat the steamer? From a historic stand point you would say the steamer wasn't as efficient, easy, and now as fast. Yet, when they were competing they were fairly comparable (not perfect substitutes but close). Then of course there is the epic tragedy of coming out with ground breaking ideas before their time. Ask Nikola Tesla how that feels. And finally, there's being the first to do something but not exactly having it perfected in some way. I'm not sure but I think people complained about old tablet PCs being not only slow but also not very good with the whole touch department along with being very expensive.

Sadly, now the pad-fad has started up because of Apple and it's position as a status symbol. The general consumer flocks to things that are viewed as "luxury" or "desirable" products and brands. But also, with the consumer base changing in the US from a male to female majority expect this type of thing to become the norm. If you're including the Kindle as a pad I'd also say they targeted who reads the most and from what I've seen it's been women. Cell phones were the first example I encountered of this. In high school and still in college sometimes, girls had to have the newest phone with the best looking case/shape and interface while guys did not. Apple is also very good with creating demand/anticipation and making scare tactics when they have to. Their ads called it a "magical and revolutionary device". Hell I think they say that on their webpage still.

Ultimately OP: I think it just came down to timing, targeting the right audience, charging the "right" price, and having something that while limited, doesn't fail at those things. Hence the iPad (cringe).

On the flip side. Ask why there is so much hate towards netbooks? Because there is a perceived expectation of things by people of what they want it to do. The minute it didn't match those they discarded it. After all it's only 300USD. In the end the consumer is dumb and Apple knows how to play to that.
     
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I really hate apple, and the average consumer.
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I really hate apple, and the average consumer.
I'm with you. On a side note, I'm sure we'd qualify as the average consumer in some other market. Can't be perfectly informed about everything. No matter how much we wish could.
     
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?? I am afraid I am a little lost but tablets have been used for a while in business scenarios, that includes touch screen capabilities.

If you are referring to tablets in the consumer market, then that's just a fashion trend not really true integration.
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?? I am afraid I am a little lost but tablets have been used for a while in business scenarios, that includes touch screen capabilities.

If you are referring to tablets in the consumer market, then that's just a fashion trend not really true integration.
Yes he's referring to the "pad-fad". I really want everyone to stop calling them tablets. They are different.
     
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