malchior wrote:I'm not convinced they are going to do any damage to the netbook market. Netbooks aren't as cool, but you get an open platform, a keyboard, and better portability in my mind. This just comes across as fragile and overly expensive. Considering the times, I don't see them stealing sales from the Netbook market. This is going to be a Apple "base" product.
Let me throw out some counter points.
The value of a netbook is not its open platform. You can barely do anything on them to begin with. In that regard, Apple putting up a bit of walled garden, although one with an approved SDK, is fine. Most people aren't going to know any better. And the app store is already pretty darn large.
I agree on the keyboard. That's the toughest sell for people. What Apple does have going for it is that people know or hear the buzz about a keyboard-less iPhone. There could be a "willing suspension of disbelief" on this account.
On your third point, there is no way a netbook has better portability. I mean, what is the difference? This is the same size on the diagonal, but thinner because it's not a clamshell. I'm not saying that the iPad is more portable but I see them as indistinguishable.
What, imo, will move the dial against the netbooks is that this is a good UI for browsing, for personal email, for basic stuff. It is a slick piece of hardware compared to most netbooks, which are typically spartan devices at best wrapped in a little color. Lastly, Apple has significant device mindshare. A lot of consumers are going to think about the iPad at the same time as or before a Dell or an HP mini and WAY before Lenovo, Asus or Acer.
Look, I'm 99% of the time anti-Apple products and I would have bet against the iPhone. But this one I think is a hit.