Michael deAgonia in Computerworld on why the iPad 2 will be another Apple hit:
Hardware is only part of the equation. What makes a tablet successful is the software. After all, when the entire computer is a screen in your hand, there’s nothing left but software. That’s where Apple’s App Store continues to shine. The software available through it is generally of good quality, and there have been no malware outbreaks, as happened with the Android store earlier this week. To be frank, the App Store is what other software stores on other platforms long to be, and with good reason: Overall, there are more than 65,000 apps available for the iPad. When considering the success of iOS devices, this cannot be underestimated, and it’s one reason the debate about whether the iPad can keep up with rivals misses the point. Other tablets may have newer hardware, more RAM or extra features; none has the App Store.
But it’s not just apps. The whole ecosystem is a pleasure to use, and that’s not so much the case with other devices.