The iPad Is Unbeatable

via John Gruber. Farhad Manjoo:

Because if they really believed that tablets will come to eclipse PCs, and if they saw how thoroughly unbeatable the iPad is becoming, wouldn’t they be running around with their hair on fire? If the iPad becomes the future of computing, the fortunes of Microsoft, Intel, Dell, and to some extent Hewlett-Packard will begin to plummet. Meanwhile Google, which makes all its money through ads, will find itself reaching its customers through a device made by a hostile rival.

The iPad has the best display, the best battery life, the best industrial design, the best OS, etc. All for an unbelievable US$499. Can anyone beat that? I doubt it.