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Wish I could give half a point.
You are right for the entire first half of your argument; you fail when you hit, "This is what Apple has done..." While I realize that the iPad doesn't meet YOUR needs, but that doesn't mean it's strictly a "fashion statement" because quite honestly it can do "Real Work" very well, just differently from a desktop machine. Until you realize and fully understand that a tablet is not intended to replace a full desktop/laptop machine, you simply won't understand what makes the iPad so popular. This is the same reason why Windows failed for so long on x86 tablets and convertibles. The software of the desktop OSes simply aren't touch centric and as such makes using them much more difficult with desktop apps. Windows 8 offers a means to have Mobility and Desktop on the same device which is an excellent concept that will work better than any previous system, but the high resolution combined with high ppi means desktop fonts will be too small for easy reading and navigation. A larger machine or lower native "resolution" will moderate the issue but only a context-sensitive OS that either understands the surrounding environment or is physically selectable between Mobile vs desktop/tabletop use that prevents desktop use when being operated in the hands will the system really be more user friendly. What I'm trying to say is that when you're walking down the street or driving a car, you need the display as simple and easy to use as possible; when sitting as a passenger or at a table/desk, then the full power of the device can be brought to bear. Windows 8 begins to offer this ability, but too many people are trying to use it the way they're used to using their laptop/desktop--emphasizing the weaknesses without recognizing or using its strengths.