@alan netherclift: No user ever has a goal to “look at a table”. Users want to do things like “compare two products” or “figure out which size will fit me”. The “whole point of the page” is never an interactive table. It is always what the user came to accomplish.
That is why I argue so strongly for separation of content from presentation. The best way to present a product comparison or a sizing chart on the desktop might very well be a table. But that’s not the only way to present that information. Perhaps on smaller screen sizes we need to offer a different option.
But to say that mobile users shouldn’t get access to valuable information simply because the best way to present that content on a larger screen is a table is a total cop-out. We’re better than that. Separate the content from its form, and use the right presentation for the right context.