"Apple Realist."3.5 starson by bajadaze
Pros: Apps add great functionality
Like the form factor
Cons: No memory expansion (SD)
No Multitasking (could be coming soon as iPhone OS 4 is being announced Apr 8th).
Summary: I have both Apple (Mac Pro, 2-Macbook Pros, Apple TV, iPhone 3G) and PC products (Toshiba TM2 tablet). I'm looking to replace my Archos 7 internet tablet and Kindle2. This just may be the product for that. I spent a half hour playing with the iPad at the Apple store and realize that it's greater than the sum of it's parts. What seems to be an underpowered overly expensive product gets it's value in the applications that are available for it. The Kindle reader seems to work fine and though I'd be giving up wireless downloads, I can live with that. It plays media flawlessly and given I have my catalogue of movies/TV and such already in proper format for iTunes, I don't see any issues there.*Update* I went out and purchased the 64G iPad yesterday.This thing slays my Archos 7 in the ease of sync, quality of picture (even lower quality content looks excellent) usability as an internet and streaming device. There is no comparison. The Apple just hammers the Archos to dust. It doesn't have the storage the Archos has but I think having 40 movies with me is good enough. The screen is easier to read than the Kindle2 and the ability to get color content on the iBook store is a nice plus to me. The battery life is excellent on the iPad but not quite what you'll get with the Kindle. I like the fact that I'm not stuck with Kindle's proprietary format anymore!
The Archos 7 just didn't turn out to deliver a reasonable internet experience. The iPad along with it's media playback is an exceptional secondary (does not replace a laptop for more powerful computing needs) internet communication device. Add that I can stream Netflix, use Keynote and Numbers, sketch with Sketchbook Pro and Pogo Stylus, check my accounts on mint.com...well, you get the idea. Apple has leveraged the work of the development community to make this device have a thousand uses.
Given that my Archos 7 costs $400 and the Kindle2 $250, what I thought was a high price of $700 suddenly doesn't seem wholly ridiculous and I'd only have to carry one device. I could also, in many cases, leave my laptop at home.
So, I'm walking the boarder on if I should purchase the device based on my usage. Since I went to the Droid and Verizon about a year ago, I've kind of missed the ease of syncing my media library. The device consolidation has always been a big draw in my technology strategy.
Updated on Apr 6, 2010
My new Power Duo is my HP TM2 Tablet and iPad. The TM2 gives my 7-8hrs of real laptop usage and the iPad gives me 8hrs of media playback and easy (instant) access the net at the coffee shop without having to boot up Windows. I'm moving my rating up half a star to 4 stars. Goodbye Archos 7 and Kindle2. Off to Ebay with you!