The tablet versus netbook debate has been rekindled in recent weeks as new reports have emerged of iPad sales cannibalizing netbooks, as iPad competitors have been lining up in various shapes and sizes, and as the 11-inch MacBook Air has inspired some to rethink the potential of getting a netbook (look for cheaper PC copycats coming soon).
These two form factors have emerged as secondary computing devices for power users and primary devices for light users who want to do little more than email, web browsing, and occasionally working with a few documents.
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