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The current industry fad is tablets. I use my HP mini as my primary computer, but running openSUSE 12.1 with the Plasma Netbook Workspace. It is fast, I have access to the fast repository of Linux software. I can watch Hulu movies. I can maintian my Web sites. I can do software development. On tablets, I have to buy software that is free on my netbook. I do prefer to read books on my Nook Color, and have rooted it so that I can get to the Android Market, but I don't use it for heavy typing.
Ok, maybe there are more programs that will run on a netbook than programs for IOS, but to run them WELL would require a more powerful computer with more RAM than the netbook can hold. So yes, there's more I can get done on my iPad than on my netbook - your mileage may vary.