He’s baaaaaack. Microsoft apologist Paul Thurrott on Apple’s iPad 2:
Basically, what we have here is a decidedly evolutionary update that simply maintains the status quo, technically and from a pricing perspective. This suggests that Apple doesn’t feel at all threatened by the competition, which today consists largely of a handful of mostly lackluster Android-based tablets.
These problems notwithstanding, if you do want to purchase a tablet device—virtually no one needs such a thing, remember—the iPad is indeed the best choice, mostly because of its rich ecosystem of apps and content. Android tablets, and other competitors from HP, Research in Motion (RIM), and, eventually, Microsoft’s Windows partners—will likely never match this strength.
No one needs a Windows PC, either.
Problematically, the Android competition is just as expensive as the iPad lineup, so Apple obviously feels free to continue gouging consumers on iPad pricing.
It’s the lowest priced, full-featured tablet, priced less than a quality notebook or netbook, yet, somehow, that’s gouging. Paul, you so much the hit whore.