Stephen Hackett 'On Android Tablets'

Furthermore, why do sites like the Verge and others keep spending so much time reviewing these things?

I was very intrigued by this question. Why exactly do these blogs spend time reviewing products in great detail, that we know will not succeed.

Is it a responsibility they feel they have to the reader or to the companies themselves?

Is there a desire for the iPad to be knocked off the top spot so they have something new to talk about?

I really don't know, what I do know is the iPad is dominating – clearly – and there's nothing that can be done in the current Android space to disrupt this.