I read articles about tablet PCs and the iPad on an almost daily basis, and while most authors ooh and aah over the iPad 2, others write it off as a fad. I can't help but think similar things were said (even by some posters on this forum) about the MP3 player, specifically the iPod. So I ask myself now, why will the tablet be just a fad? It (the iPad 2, as it's the only tablet I have firsthand experience with) achieves many valuable things and delivers on many wants consumers have for mobile computing - lightweight, ease of use, ease of transport, snappy performance, developer support, etc. It also connects many users with their Apple products, making it a supplement to everyday computer use and a complement to our existing toys. While it has its flaws (no native Flash, camera quality, screen size [to some]), as a tablet PC, it has set the standard of what to expect from a 7"-10" touchscreen computer. It's also worked its way into enterprise use and the medical field, finding adoption from the college student, the medical doctor, all the way to the President of the US. So why, I ask, does this seem like a trend, or a fad? I'm not saying tablets will live forever. All pieces of technology die, fade from mainstream use, or evolve eventually (see: cassette tapes, VHS tapes), but you wouldn't look back and say, "Oh, the Sony Walkman [for cassettes] was just a fad." It was introduced in the early 80s and lasted until the mid to late-90s. IMO, 15 or so years isn't a "fad" or a "trend". In 15 years, we may not have the iPad 17, but we will have some evolved form of mobile tablet computing, I think. Why do some think the opposite?