Within minutes of the iPad's announcement, fans and critics alike were playing a hypothetical comparison game, stacking the not-yet-released device against a host of competitors, from the Kindle DX to the Sony PSP Go, from netbooks to full-size laptops, and everything in between. The comedians of the Net were taking a different tack, comparing Apple's latest with more-traditional alternatives.
At LostRemote.com, the iPad matches up well against a Paleolithic stone, which does support multitasking (it's a weapon, a work surface, a crude tool, and potentially a writing tablet), but lacks a USB port, a camera, and a touchscreen. Perhaps a closer comparison comes from the snarky folks at ngonlinenews.com (frequent PCWorld.com contributors), who had the iPad square off against the Etch A Sketch. The winner? No surprise. It's the device with the widescreen, the unlimited battery life, and the "Handy Dials for Drawing."