Just goes to show that most Americans have the financial savvy of a 10 year old.
Your post also shows that most Americans have no understanding of anecdotal evidence.
I suggest a... thunderdome!
Two -omes enter! One -ome leaves!
I'm not a big fan of the walled garden, but the hardware in it will find its way to us geeks for a minor markup, if any. See the Rasberry Pi.
Now of course it will be compared to the iPad, but what's this obsession that if you're not the market leader, you're not worth buying? If that were the case there'd be no market for Android phones, or even WM7 phones.
Actually, looking at phones, Android is the market leader.
Humans tend to be selfish evil creatures
And why do we want to give these selfish evil creatures a better and more fulfilling life?