Pogie is right saying it will take time to see what this thing can do and that we should wait to bash it or praise it. But, i need a 12" or less netbook for travel, not a big itouch. I will not buy it and I have been using Macs since 1990. My 15" MacBook Pro is just to big for my travels.
My Wife and I are debating whether we should get one, or two.
For us, it's an easy decision. We both have iPhones, and a bunch of applications on them. We're looking at a mobile computing solution with Netbooks as a possible choice. We've looked at the new eReaders out there (Kindle,Sony) and feel they're over priced for what they do.
The iPad is a great alternative for us, and wins hands down. It's worth it because it will run the applications we know and love from the iPhone. There are existing applications that the extra screen space will absolutely enhance the functionality for. I can't wait to use Applications like "Flipbook" on a larger screen. I think "Enigmo" will be more enjoyable.
As an eReader, viewing angle is superior as mentioned in the Keynote presentation. But more importantly for us is getting a device we can read in bed without disturbing our slumbering counterpart is important. We held off getting a device like the Kindle because it doesn't have back-lighting for that purpose. The iPhones we have are good. You can dim the brightness and everything. We're looking forward to having an iPad that can do the same thing but with proper reading space.
There are enough existing applications to guarantee a great user experience on the iPad. Even if development shops choose not to make custom enhancements for iPad use, there's enough software out there that will work well to make sure it's not a bad investment for anyone. It's part of a platform with very affordable software.
I'm a programmer/engineer, so many might consider the iPad light on processing power for someone like me. But with applcation that support VNC, and Remote Desktop, this is not necessarily the case. There are apps with interfaces to MySQL, and SQL Server, so there too I'll be able to leverage the iPad for work. I can't wait to have it as a nice interface to all the OReilly Safari books I have online. And I won't feel like I'm lugging around a work machine while carrying it. ...The wifey will use DocsToGo, and I'd imagine most other Office workers could as well. $15 for the ability to create and edit Office documents. The iPad won't be as bad as some people might think for getting some actual work done.
So hands down, it's an easy choice for us.