Ppl are paying for the simplicity...
Tablets may have been out for a while, but they're still "trending" and "the cult of the new". They do have their advantages over laptops though....
If you stick with the more lighter models, as opposed to them desktop replacements, then yeah, laptops truly are mobile. However, tablets tend to be EVEN MORE mobile. They can be 50% or less weight than even the lighter model laptops, which counts for alot when you gotta drag that thing with you by hand, or in a suitcase everywhere you go. Also, laptops tend to take up more space. Not that much more space, but again, if you're a road warrior, then every bit counts. They boot up quickly, and tend to get better battery life.
If you're gonna do programming or development, graphic design, or anything resource intensive, I'd likely go with a laptop. The OS and hardware would be more likely to handle that. However, everything else, tablet may get by just fine. Speaking of which, not every1 pays $1000 for an Ipad. You can get a cheaper model that costs as little as $400. $330 for an Ipad Mini. +$130 if you want 3G, +100 or so for the next level storage capacity. AFAIK, some people really can get away with a 16GB model, so FWIW, they're only paying up to $550 or so for an Ipad. 32 GB should be enough for most of the rest, so they're lookingat $600 to $700 (which yes, does encrouch on "laptop pricing territory"). 64 GB is for those who want the latest and greatest, and I'd imagine will go crazy storing their entire Itunes collections of music, movies, and TV shows on their Ipads.
If you have no need to be tied into the Apple ecosystem (Itunes, AppStore apps), nor have any other apple hardware such as a desktop (of which I hear they integrate well with Iphones and Ipads), then a cheaper Android alternative can be had for a measley $100 to $300. If all you want are apps from the Android marketplace, and do the usual email, surfing, etc.... you're good to go here. Android laptops, and other, non-Apple tablets tend to have external memory card storage, so instead of paying an extra $100 to get 16GB of memory for the next level Ipad, you can pay just $20 for a 16 GB micro SD card. Or if it takes SDHC cards, then 32 GB capacities aren';t that much.
The convenience of paying more for something that's simplier to use, the "apple tax" of being able to use AppStore apps, and something more manageable (such as a tablet in a carry case vs. just a plain laptop) are what's the appeal
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