Pros Never having to "boot up" makes a surprising difference in usability. Main pluses: a fantastic screen and great touch response, very nice for reading, email/calender, viewing videos/music/pictures,web and light content creation. Battery life is huge
Cons You need to do some App research to get some basic functions like efficient file sharing and printing. Although it's light compared to laptops, it is heavy compared to readers and generally needs a place to sit. War against Flash is irritating.
Summary This is a device you need to spend some time with to understand whether and how it fits. It has unfortunately been pitted against cheap laptops, but having had it for a while I don't see the relevance of the comparison. This is a new beast, so best to evaluate it based on what it is supposed to do rather than compare to something it is not. Whether you need to do the things it is designed to do is another issue, and one personal to you. So, Apple has designed this for web surfing, video, music, e-reading, games, and light content creation. How is it at those things? Well, it's great at all of them. The user experience is clean, easy and so far trouble free. The thing I like best about it is that the machine gets out of the way of your content - no superfluous buttons, bars, widgets, etc. that clutter things up and cut down on usable screen space. What Apple really seems to shine at here is getting rid of everything unnecessary and distracting - the art of cutting things. I don't know a better way to describe the experience other than to say that it is virtually irritation free. When I turn it on, it's on - now. I don't have to wait: waiting is irritating. When I touch a program the program starts - now. It's like this with virtually every aspect of interacting with it - one irritation free event after another. I want to zoom in, I pinch and it's the exact size I need. No irritating little +/- buttons to click-wait-click-wait-click-wait on until it's right. I can envision that the designers made a giant list of every irritating thing there is about the modern way of computing and went down the list, softening or eliminating each item. The bad thing is that I'm more aware of every irritating thing there is about Windows, which I've used for the last decade+: it's like death by a thousand paper cuts to me after using the iPad.
So where does the iPad need improvement? Well, multitasking is coming, but that's not as big of a deal as I thought it would be. Each program remembers where you were at for the most part, so other than not having music on in the background that hasn't really slowed me down. One spot that's been harped on a lot is the lack of Flash and whether that's a deal breaker for you depends on the sites you frequent. I have definitely been hampered by this on occasion, and frankly, this IS irritating. It is also irritating because it seems to me that Apple and Adobe just need to figure this out and cut a deal. If Flash is inefficient, then make it efficient. If there's a cash/market control issue, trade a deal. Figure it out and quit acting like a couple of toddlers in a sand pile fight.
The other area that really needs improvement is file sharing and syncing. File sharing is largely taken care of by Dropbox, but I had to go find that, evaluate it against myriad other options, sign up for it, etc. and that should be unnecessary. There shouldn't be an issue getting a doc into Pages or whatever.
Also, I don't want to ever have to sync a mobile device over USB again in my life. We have WiFi connectivity now, let's rely on that. If it takes a while, at least give me the option to sync over Wifi while I'm asleep.
Other than those minor quibbles, I love this thing. The interesting thing around the house is that it has become ubiquitous. For any kind of quick look-up, email, Youtube video, etc. it is the go to machine, even though we have a desktop running 24-7 in the den. My kids are always trying to steal it and my wife is always grabbing it for some reason or other. That to me is an indication that an "in-between" device does have a place for us. It's also nice since I'm not playing IT guy for everyone on it - a role I've grown quite sick of over the years. The thing works for everyone in the family, from age 3+. Nice work Apple.
Pros Screen size, quality and touch operated; diverse media functionality (movies, music, pictures, e-reader etc); portable; 3G and wifi; app store compatible; sleek looking; speakers.
Cons a bit pricey, not a huge leap in tech when compared to the iphone (its just a bigger screen and faster processor), no camera, can't see the everyday value.
Summary The iPad is a cool tech product and I may even own a future version as it evolves but right now, I'm in no mood to buy it. In having an iphone, the only difference I can see is the bigger screen for watching movies...(I dont really buy movies from the iTunes store) and the e-reader (after I pay for this thing I'm gonna have to PAY more money to buy e-books and other visual data). I'd sure like to play with it but other than, my iphone and macbook are my main productivity tools.
Pros 1. Good Display
2. Durable from the look (can't assure unless I touch and use the product)
3. Great device for Book Readers who need not carry bulky books
4. Very compact and design simplicty like its predecessor - iPhone
Cons 1. Editing/Composing documents seems to be cumbursome
2. No Camera for video chat
3. Files storage options (Custom Files)
4. Expensive Software Upgrade process
5. No Multi tasking abilities so far
6. No HD
7. Last but not lesat flash support
Summary This is a very good device for those who seek compact version of Notebook without worrying about huge memory, media recording options (DVD), Video Chat abilities, document editing and working on custom file formats.
People who use their laptops as browsers and media system will definitely enjoy this product (I feel more than 80% are like that). But they will end up upgrading their product everytime Apple does it because there are lots of features that are missing in this product will slowly but surely be introduced over a period of time with the same fan fare. Just like iPhone with identical look and feel able to sustain 3 generation with minor upgrades (while its competitors are spiriting ahead in all areas instead of focusing only on usability aspect). This will force you spending $500 every upgrade.
I feel people need to look for better alternatives such as Adam (which is yet to hit the market) which has HD Display, USB, Memory Expansion, Camera, Flash Support, Multi-tasking abilities before concluding that iPad is the final winner.
But for now, iPad seems to be the best product out in the market and I donot feel ashamed of owning one but unfortunately I am sitting in India where we used to get only flushed out products from Apple after one year or later!!!
Pros Nice screen (but glare may be a problem).
Wonderful user interface.
Lots of Apps.
Cons No flash means that many websites can't be viewed.
Non removable battery.
No USB ports.
Everything is locked down.
Virtual keyboard is a pain to use.
Screen glare is excessive.
$500 and no earphones included??
Summary You have to re-buy apps that you have on your iPod to use the HD ones on the iPad, unless you want to be stuck with a 3.5 inch screen on the iPad. They do include a zoom option for the iPod apps, which makes the app very blurry. The new HD version of apps are identical, but cost 5-10 times more (forget 99 cents apps). Why pay for the apps if similar games are available for free on countless websites? Oh yeah, no Flash support. Meaning you can't play any of the Flash games on websites. You have to pay to get games you get for free on a netbook. The glare on the screen is ridiculous. Do not think you can use this outside. You need to be in a dark room to see it, even with the brightness turned up. The iPod touch (an excellent product) can do everything this can, and it can fit in your pocket. The iPad is essentially a giant iPod touch. Wait for the 2nd gen to see if things improve, or buy a netbook. You can do so much more with a netbook.
Pros Portable, Itunes
Cons No Removable battery, No Flash Support, $100 replacement fee, Loss of data if not able to backup to a PC/MAC since you do not get your IPad back. Not fully HD. Limited approval of apps, No Web Cam, Overpriced and limited.
Summary This device is not ment for elderly people who do not have a computer because of the fact if the battery goes bad and you have to send it in, the data is lost because you receive a new/refurbished model with a working battery.