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Apple Tablet backlash already underway

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Only in today's hyper-compressed media cycle could it happen like this. For the past few months, the tech world has been frothing for news of the Apple Tablet, a slate-like device expected to revolutionize the personal computing market. Now, a day before the expected launch of the tablet, bloggers are already tripping over themselves in an attempt to downplay the significance of a product that doesn't even officially exist. Let the Apple Tablet backlash begin.

Leading the charge is David Coursey, a self-styled contrarian and the author of PC World's popular Tech Inciter blog. As Coursey points out, the Apple Tablet is in some ways a reductive device. It will likely do a lot of things that a laptop can do, and a lot of things that an iPhone or iPod Touch can do, but it probably won't have a lot of unique capabilities. Here's Coursey:

There is also the expense: Whatever Apple charges for the tablet will likely be more than what many Windows notebooks and netbooks cost. The tablet is likely to seem "cost-effective" only when compared to a Mac portable. My bet is business users won't immediately embrace the new tablet. That could change over time, though connectivity, battery life, and cost are likely to be ongoing issues. If the machine isn't rugged enough to survive a reasonable number of drops, that will be an issue, too.

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