This thing is what all of the Android fans forget: Apple did all of this first! They act like Apple and Android came out at the same time…when they didn’t. Facts are facts: Apple turned the smart phone industry on its head when the original iPhone came out. They started from scratch with no preconceived notions about what a smart phone should look like or act like. Everyone else is playing catch-up to what Apple did, and they act like the iPhone is now me-too product. It’s funny. It’s like living through the Windows 95 rollout all over again. Apple shipped a Mac in 1984. Eleven years before Windows was truly a GUI-based OS. And yet the DOS crowd always wanted to ignore that truth.
And in fact, the inverse is true. The iPad is nothing like a Windows-based tablet. MSFT had ten years on the iPad and still couldn’t get it right with the market. Apple waited until they had everything in place and reaped (is reaping) the rewards with a revolutionary design and OS. Just wait though until someone (HP?) ships their tablet with a me-too OS, and then it will start all over again with the “Apple is so lame” meme.
Apple will remain the king of profitability in this market until someone creates a truly revolutionary smart phone that is better than the iPhone, and same for the iPad. And with the looks of things, it won’t be happening anytime soon.