Re: re: There are also many who aren't happy with the limitations of Windows
AC: " '...iPad?' We're talking about buying cheap hardware..."
The 'Apple tax' on the $280Cdn iPad Mini (non-retina) versus the $280Cdn Google Nexus 7 is approximately ZERO.
Now you're just comparing Apples to Apples, which would be fine if Apples were the subject of discussion. But we're discussing Lemons here.
To paraphrase that into the literal, Google Nexus is a prime brand in the Android ecosystem, as Samsung is, as Microsoft is in the Windows tablet ecosystem, and as Apple is in the iThing ecosystem.
But we're talking about Acers and the like here, devices which have much the same features, but usually lower-power CPUs/GPUs, maybe a little less RAM, etc. For 7" tablets, these generally retail in the $100-$175 range, far lower than the prime brands.
These entry-level Windows netbooks fall into that category as well, as they are below average spec for the Windows portable ecosystem in all respects.
The Chromebooks they compete with actually don't fall into that category, though, because they are the average spec for their ecosystem.