I know, we really are always attracted to the new shiny thing. I'm completely guilty as charged.
And totally agree with you on the way most everyone uses the internet/computers now. They really are just consumption devices for the most part. That's what's funny about reading tech blogs, these are people who write for a living, no wonder everything always has to be about productivity on a laptop. But just take one plane ride and you'll see what's going on. Nobody uses laptops anymore. It's all done on tablets. Heck, my executive producer uses an ipad when he does major presentations. Not powerpoint on a laptop. Nope, does slides, videos, etc, right there from the ipad.