Cheaper/better than Firefox, Xbox?
Granted, there may be browsers better than Firefox (although pretty subjective), but what is a cheaper one given it's free?
And Xbox - the PS3 may be technically better - although in the couple of games I play there is essentially no difference - but I'm not sure what you're going to find that is better *and* cheaper?
Ford Focus - not sure what you get that is better as an overall package for the price - maybe you could enlighten us?
iPad - I'll pretty much concur with you on that, but there still isn't much to trouble it. A decent £300 findleslab should give it a run for its money though if the product is polished.
Labelling consumers en-masse as "brain dead" itself sounds a little brain dead. Some, consumers, sure, many, or even most, quite possibly, but we're all consumers, and I presume you don't regard yourself as falling within that category?