This an interesting and difficult sales prospect, since few people in this economy are looking for yet another class of computing product to spend money on, especially one in the too-big-to-pocket and too-small-to-do-work-on category. Putting economics aside, the iPad is certainly attractive. Bring the real world back into the picture, and the iPad looks like an indulgence — a luxury product for geeks and Apple fanboys.
Portable computers like notebooks and tablets should make up 70 percent of computers in just two years. The category was already more than 55 percent of the market last year but should keep growing through 2012 based on ultraportables and tablets like the iPad.