They've been selling tablets running full version of windows since XP and before, and up until 2 years ago had a virtual monopoly on tablets used in industry and medical, now the ipad comes out in 2009 and you think its a new idea? Suckling at the TV teets much?
I for one hate all the dumbed down tablets, while android provides more choice and functionality than iOS both PALE compared to a win7 tablet in the same price range. ipad2 64gb wifi/3g, can't do silverlight or flash web browsing, half of the apps not optimized for screen size, crappy cameras, dualcore mobile CPU, almost no RAM, only 2 years of maturity: $850.
Windows 7 tablet, same IPS screen, 320gb SSD, 2gb RAM, wifi/3G, 5mp/720p front camera, 2mp webcam, memory card slot(S), fully functional USB ports, dualcore laptop class processors, runs all desktop apps plus many tablet optimized apps, complete html5/flash/silverlight browsing with desktop class browsers, 10year+ platform support: $ 700-$1000 depending on bundle.
The ipad is an overgrown ipod, the windows tablet is a fully functional PC with the peripherals removed, you can hook it up to an RS232 port and run a diagnostic, connect a router by USB and flash a new firmware, surf the entire web, run much more graphically intense apps than an ipad can dream of, and actually replace and ipod, ipad, and laptop with it...
Sorry I just don't fall for the tripe of commercials telling me Apple invented the tablet when I've seen them around for most of my life running windows just fine, and having more features than the ipad for years before it came out.
I don't think I ever stated that Apple invented the tablet. I've been following tech for long enough to know full well they didn't. Furthermore, they don't have the most powerful hardware in a tablet either. As you've shown, there are much more capable machines in the tablet space. But let's be clear. Apple's iPad is the most successful tablet out, by far, and that probably won't change anytime soon.
First of all, if you really do believe that the value of the iPad is simply the sum of it's hardware, you'll continually be baffled by the iPad's appeal. Seriously. Listing superior specs from windows based tablets does nothing but illustrate that the windows tablet market fails due to factors completely unrelated to how fast it is.
The iPad might be an overgrown iPod touch, but the iPod touch is the best device in it's class. There's nothing wrong with taking a successful product and expanding on it--but only if that expansion can be done without compromising what the original product was. Honestly, I don't think MS gets that at all. You can't take a PC OS, designed for virtually no touch, and saddled with decades of backwards compatibility and baggage, and put it on a tablet with an ARM chip and half a GB of RAM.
Don't get me wrong--I don't own an iPad, I don't really want one, and I have both overclocked PCs and Macs. I just know a good idea when I see one. The iPad is not brilliant because they did hugely brilliant things all at once, they didn't. It's the result of a decade of natural progression. First iTunes and the iPod, then the music store, the the iPhone/iTouch, then the app store, then the iPad. They took one successful idea, and built on it to create another product. When that succeeded, they took those two and created a third, and so on. The result is that they made a 1.0 product look and feel very mature and familiar, despite the product itself having zero mindshare with consumers.
I don't think millions of people are just 'falling for the hype'. Also, I don't think too many people care about who invented the tablet. All they know is that Apple essentially epitomizes the tablet right now, and they want to be a part of that. I don't blame them.