What I really find interesting is that it seems the Apple fans on here only find the negative articles to be "interesting".
My spin on "need" for devices is that the only audience that must have a need defined is the enterprise. Users buy devices such as this because they want to. The "needs" are simply excuses.
I bought my first computer (for slightly more than I just paid for this tablet, interestingly) back around 1981. At the time, I owned dozens of Avalon (and a few other) wargames that required endless charts and dice-rolling. I just knew that a computer would have programs that made this better. That was my excuse. The real reason was that I wanted one.
I had no idea it would lead to a serious hobby that would become a career. Sometimes, it's OK to buy something just because you want it.
People made fun of Apple when the introduced the iPad - what were folks going to do with it? It didn't matter, people bought it because they wanted it.
It's sort of funny to see the pundits now use the iPad as the "standard' - It must do what the iPad does, or it has no chance.
Wrong. The device is going to succeed. The only downside to that is that the naysayers will still be here years from now (as they have been), still saying it's going to fail (as they have been).
BTW, I bought my first wargame for my computer almost 3 years after buying the computer. I was pretty bored with the wargame, but still enjoyed the computer.