|But what people like those tablet boosters fail to consider is that software is expensive and when that is where most of the cost is, people hate to keep repaying for the same functionality. Its even worse when you consider the time lost in relearning the new "pad" or mobile device's applications. That worth is even higher than the software's retail price. With PCs. laptops and notebooks, the software is the same and, for the most part, the interfaces are consistent between generations. Get a new Windows PC or even a new Linux PC and the interface is the same, the software it runs is the same. It may have more options, but the old stuff still runs so you don't have to throw out the baby with the bathwater. With many of these pads, tablets and such, they change the software even within a line. What works in tablet A doesn't work in pad B. Heck many times what works in tablet A doesn't work in its successor tablet A'.|
Most people do not like having to pay for doing the same stuff twice. Grandfathering is something that mobile devices have to do, before they can penetrate the market heavily. And they also have to be compatible for the most part between the various markets of tablets, pads, and netbooks. People don't mind slow change where the older stuff runs, but to use new hardware types (SSDs, 3D screens, Eyefinity, etc.) and implmentations (RAID, GbE, SATA3, USB3, DP) requiring incremental updates to software (wholesale changes will be frowned upon). After a while those old types can be dropped like PCs have dropped acoustical modems, floppies, tapes (paper, cassette, 1/4" cartridge, 1/2" (VHS), 4mm and 8mm), serial port, parallel port, MFM, RLL, IDE, ISA,V ESA, Microchannel, PS/2, impact printers and gameports over the years.