incrediBILL - 4:47 pm on Jun 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
Bill, wake up, this is a Microsoft product.
It will surely be awful.
I've been using MS products since Level II Basic showed up in my TRS-80 Model I
I've built an entire career on MS products including Windows products that sold over $100M/yr.
MS products have been far from awful, they've been very very good to me.
Until it came to the internet and servers, then I switched to Linux ;)
Seriously, I've wanted to carry my entire computing life in my pocket since I've read Arthur C. Clarke's "Imperial Earth" as a kid and we're finally getting close, so of course I'm excited! Who knew that in my lifetime I'd go from 64K 5" floppies to 64GB chips the size of a fingernail. Someday soon, very soon, we could be recording all the sights and sounds of our daily lives just like the guy in the book. Could pretty much do it today with the right resolution, compression and using a 64GB chip day, a tad expensive, but doable.
Not to mention, in case you missed it, the new glucose fuel cells [pcmag.com] they just announced that take power directly from the glucose in your body to power computer chips.
Soon the devices won't even be truly external like the tablet or the cell phone, see Google Glasses for what's coming next and it'll probably end up on a contact lens being powered by your own glucose in your tears using those new fuel cells.
Welcome to the Borg, resistance is futile! :)
Full blown Desktop/laptop capabilities with OFFICE and all other products in a tab.
With new video technologies like the Retina display, which is roughly 4x data of a normal display, you could squeeze enough readable text on a 10" display, probably as much as we get on a 24" display, to actually do some real work assuming you carry around some 2x reading glasses so you can see what in the heck it says. May sound silly but carrying around a pair of magnifying reading glasses vs lugging a 17" laptop monitor is a fair trade IMO for having a truly mobile office.
Of course you could always switch the screen size back to something normal when not in 'office' mode too.
You can be sure Jobs left behind all the planning Apple need to make the iPad what it really should be.
... and I'm sure the fine people at Toys 'R Us will be happy selling those toys to tots when an adult tablet finally comes to town.