"Great for some thing, not for others"3.5 starson by Stacyx
Pros: Beautiful touch screen, iBook interface is awesome, easy to carry around, great design
Cons: Heavy for extended use if reading books, etc., small touch keyboard makes it hard to use iPad for blogging, word processing, emails etc. unless you get the add on keyboard,no flash. At this stage it simply cannot replace a laptop/notebook
Summary: I went back and forth about whether I should buy an iPad given I have an imac, iphone and a macbook. I decided to purchase it because I was under no illusions that it would totally replace my laptop for on the go computing. I feel like Apple needs to work on just that- making the iPad better of a replacement product to get it out of the niche gadget market.
The screen is beautiful and the interface is fun. I had never used kindle or nook and really didn't plan on using iPad as an e-reader but after downloading iBooks I have been reading on the iPad nonstop- it is a lot of fun thanks to the realistic page turning and beautiful, clear screen. As light as the iPad is it can get heavy after an extended time even if you are holding it in one hand with it leaning up against your knee or something as you read. That is a drawback. Another drawback is the inability to view flash videos. While Steve Jobs likes to put down flash the fact is a ton of websites use it.
All in all I am pleased with the iPad but I think Apple would do well to make address some of the concerns expressed by people in order to make it more of a true replacement computer otherwise once the novelty wears off they are going to have a tough time convincing people other than die hard Apple fans (like me) that the iPad is something that will serve a real computing purpose as opposed to simply being a cool gadget.