End User wrote:
Apple certainly did invent the first tablet that people, you know, actually wanted.
No, they just invented the first tablet that was heavily marketed. There have been tablets running Windows for years, and they've actually done fairly well considering how little they were pushed. The iPad itself isn't anything to get excited about; as with their other products, you're paying a little bit more to get a little bit less. They're just the first company to really put marketing muscle behind one.
Marketing is just one of a number of factors that has led to the success of the iPad. To suggest that marketing is the only reason behind the success of the iPad is just plain wrong.
It is universally known that the pricing of the iPad is very aggressive.
Nobody is suggesting that marketing is the only
reason for the success of the iPad. But the fact remains, it is the first tablet that was heavily marketed by anyone, and that certainly has had an influence on it's sales. Based on all of the reviews I have seen, there isn't anything special about the hardware or software that makes it better than the other options available.
As for the "aggressive" pricing, there are other tablets available that offer similar performance for around the same price range.
So in other words, it's mainly marketing. Don't get me wrong, I don't begrudge them their success one bit - they're doing a fine job. Of marketing.