Pros Very light
Beautiful interface - particularly compared to Netbooks
Intuitive (? if you are an Apple user)
Great battery life
Lots of 3rd party apps - cheap
Cons Poor documentation with the initial purchase - assumes you are an Apple user
Should have a cover with the initial purchase
No native PDF save/view support (manuals, anyone?)
No native Flash support (YouTube, FaceBook anyone?)
Summary I am not going to trash the iPad. It has some very nice features. But if you are primarily a Microsoft user, the "intuitive" interface is not so intuitive.Caveat emptor
I had a Mac laptop way back inn 1994 and hated the "You are a dumb user - An error has occurred" notice when something went wrong. Okay - not the real message but with MS I would get an error code I could look up and get an idea of what was wrong. So I gave up on Mac.
So 17 years later I am hearing the iPad is THE BEST tablet out there. I bought the hype and got the iPad 2. Well . . . I'm not so impressed. The PDF and Flash formats are de facto standards. MS supports them (or at least allows you to download and install the programs) Apple does not. From my (too late) research, Apple and Adobe are not the best of friends. Apple wants to protect its revenue stream from Quicktime videos. I have not found a good Flash supported browser and it seems Apple does not care - keep that Quicktime revenue going.
Just to be up front - I am using the iPad (with a Logitech keyboard/cover) to write this review. So the iPad 2 is not a dud. It just does not do everything I would expect an "internet enabled" laptop/netbook/tablet to do.
I'll keep working the issues - just warning you the iPad 2 is NOT tablet Nirvana.
Updated on May 26, 2011