CNBC’s Jim Goldman on the iPad and the laptop, starting first with the iPod touch:
I love my Touch. To this day it’s my favorite consumer electronics gadget. All my media in a handheld device, tied to the iTunes and App Store eco-system, web access, and that gorgeous 3.5 inch, 380×420 screen. It’s perfect.
Then, along comes the iPad.
Size matters and in the case of iPod, bigger is most definitely better. More to the point, since I got the iPad, I haven’t had any reason at all to open up my MacBookPro.
In other words, those who use the iPad, love the iPad, and begin using more powerful notebooks less.
For so long, the PC industry has been busy selling Ferrari capabilities when the vast majority of the market would be happy with Fords, or even BMWs. For powerful video editing, and very complex creativity, the laptop — and desktop for that matter — will continue to live on. But for the rest of us, iPad is a game-changer. Infinitely better than a netbook; and just about everything you’d need. And want.