Why is everyone so upset that I pointed out the truth?

I knew that computers were destined to become household items as soon as they came out, but nobody would ever argue that a VIC 20 was anything but a gadget.

As far as showing off, I don't know of anyone who buys the latest and greatest (and I'm talking about from the poorest to the richest here) who doesn't immediately show it off. I know of very few who are still using said technology on a daily basis 6 months after they have bought it. Even I have been guilty of this, and I think my purchases through for a minimum of several months before I buy anything costing over about $50.

Yes, tablets have taken off. That makes them popular. They are still gadgets, by any definition, and they are a fad. When they grow up, then we'll talk.