Re: Hybrid PC Vs. iPad
It's not just the cost of Apple devices, it's also how it does business -- extreme lock in, lack of open standards for both hardware and software (what's wrong with MP3?), and taking the concept of planned obsolescence to rather obscene heights.
How many connectors are in landfills because the company refuses to go with mini USB, as just a small example? Is a slight boost in performance worth the cost to customers and the environment?
For some users, like graphic artists, the app ecosystem makes a Mac a better choice. And at one point there may have been a security advantage, but I also think that is over, or ending soon, and Mac/iOS users are left with a false sense of safety. Unix is not intrinsically more secure than any other OS.