- What will it do that the current smartphones and laptops don't do?
- Where will it be used?
- Who will afford it?
On the eve of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, tablet mania is hitting a fever pitch. We may see dozens of tablets launched this week alone, many from the biggest brands in computing such as Lenovo, HTC and Asus. The presumed Apple ( AAPL) version in particular allegedly is going to become the new iPhone, changing our lives forever like a Messiah. The lines will go around the blocks. It feels like real estate pre-construction mania all over again. (See all our CES 2010 coverage.) Before we swallow the new tablet religion lock, stock and barrel, however, let's ask some basic questions: