Well to see more domestic jobs that would take less import of hand helds and putting more people to work asembling desktops(OEM) as well as laptops. But you still need an OS to run on them! "No tablet on desktop gui please!" "awwww... too bad! This is what you get!" says MS in reply.
With a slumped economy and people more worried about making ends meet as well as job security or simply waiting to find work so they can buy things people tend to look for less costly alternatives when looking for something new to cheak the mail and browse the web. For a few C notes being a lot less then a new OEM desktop or laptop at times those Smarty pants phones are more inviting as well as the Kindle flies and Tablets with whatever OS is on them!