Excellent point. You forgot some other things to remind the Netbook users to do:
- Backup all data automatically
- Figure out how to sync/share iTunes libraries
- Figure out how to sync photos and contacts
- Figure out Windows Update so your computer is not vulnerable to viruses
- Figure out the right firewall settings
- Organize all of my documents
- Figure out how to buy application licenses (you mean I have to find the vendor's site, register for an account, and type in my credit card info for each app? How do I know they will protect my credit card data? Also, I have to PAY for an upgrade?)
- Figure out how to keep all of their applications up to date
- Figure out how to make Firefox zoom in and out to accommodate the small screen (good luck seeing the whole page)
I'm a software developer/architect, and even to me, all of the above things are really annoying. I can put up with them on my laptop and desktop PCs... the computers that are designed for power usage and long use cases (word processing, software development, graphic design).
But, for reading an e-book, playing a few games, and browsing the web? I really should not have to put up with that crap on a device that I use for 30 minutes at a time.
The "netbook experience" is basically just like using a shitty laptop. I can think of maybe one scenario where a netbook is superior to a laptop -- when you are travelling and you don't want the extra weight.
99% of the time, why would I not just use my good laptop (something with a decent screen size, graphics card, processor, and memory) instead?
The bottom line is, unlike a netbook, the iPad has many use cases where it is superior to a laptop.