Normally, an explosion is a short, sharp event. Not so with small cheap computers. Apparently, the roll-out of inexpensive tablets will continue until almost everyone on Earth has one.
“Digitimes Research predicts that 254 million tablets will be sold in 2013, up 63.9% on year”
see White-box vendors expected to lower prices for entry-level 7-inch tablets to US$40 in 2H13
This is somewhat like the early days of the x86 PC except there is no one in a position to have a monopoly. M$ is not a player. Intel cannot exclude competition. The result? Moore’s Law, Free Software and ARM are giving consumers amazing price/performance. Margins are tiny so consumers are getting a great price. CPUs are diverse and consumers can even get four cores for a few dollars. There will be no Digital Divide as everyone on the planet probably can have access to these devices one way or another. Governments can easily provide them to all citizens just as air, water and roads are provided. Schools no longer have any excuse not to use IT heavily.
It took decades for the x86 PC to go from hundreds of dollars per MHz to $20. The ARMed small cheap computers did better in just a few years. At the same time they got to be pocket-sized and very user-friendly.