It's kind of interesting in that if you go to Consumer Reports and look at the top laptops in various sizes and the top desktops - they're all Mac's - period!!!
But the Apple products cost more - double the cost of the competitive PC models. Why? Because the Mac's are high quality well thought out well performing computing products. Most of the PC products are pieces of poo.
And since there's one manufacturer of Mac's (Apple) they can be picky and snobby when it comes to technology choices and create the best products on the market.
On the PC side of the house you have a dozen major manufacturers all trying to beat the crap out of each other by creating the cheapest piece of poop that they can - and then camouflaging said poop with pretty bling - eye candy - shiny paint. And the newest fad is making the damned things tiny. But it's not out of enhancing the user experience and functionality - it's out of cheapness. "Look Marge - we can get a laptop of $350 - holy geez Marge what's this world coming to?" That's right, $350 for a piece of Korean poop. Another $35 in taxes, $75 to replace it in case it breaks in two halves - what a country.
For Christmas I bought 2 of my kids Netbooks (I was oblivious as to the state of the iPad). Now when I think about their Netbooks (one broken one ailing) I look in the mirror and take on the head of a donkey like in the Bugs Bunny cartoons when Bugs does something really stupid.
The iPad is an amazing piece of technology. It really is a breakthrough in what the processes of future computing may look like. These units appear to be rock solid and deliver on virtually every promise made (although noted there are some issues with wifi). At an average price of around $650 (averaging all units and models) iPads are about double the price of the netbook - which is consistant with Apples marketing techniques.
I invite you to read these forums and look for the multitudes of threads about how the iPad is breaking, getting 1/2 of advertised battery life, screens going out, memory frying, etc. . . Not happening - know why? Apple has also produced a quality unit. And the coolest part is that with this one product Apple was able to plunge a knife deep into the heart of this piece of spit netbook industry.
This is going to be interesting.
Now - on this this particular thread. I don't know about you all - but I'm getting bored with these iPad v. netbook comparisons. And the iPad v. Windows 7 comparisons. You can't compare these two beasts - they operate on a separate set of use case scenarios and user experiences. It would be like trying to compare two types of transportations modes - let's say driving a 2002 Ford and driving a shuttlecraft.
(BTW - FrostyFire: See - it is possible to make your point without trying to use the F' word as much as possible - kind of like how a 9 year old would try to talk)!