I think it's odd to even have to argue against the recent wave of opinion that says tablets are just a fad. Of course tablets are not a fad. So why do tech journalists and computer execs say this? One reason is the geek blind spot: most of the key advantages of tablets aren't evident or interesting to people who use computers for 8 hours a day and are experts at using them. These are features like:
- Instant power on and sleep.
- Incredibly easy software installation that rarely goes wrong.
- Automatic (Android) or nearly automatic (iOS) app updates.
- Relatively painless system software updates.
- Far fewer error and failure modes than with computer operating systems.
If you use a computer all day, every day, you're already used to the way computers work - including the crappy parts. So when something comes along that replaces much of the crappy, you might not notice. But your non-technical neighbor will.