What do you guys use your iPad for that an iTouch or Macbook doesn't do? I was interested when they first came out, but then realized that I didn't have much need for it. Watching DC vids at any time would be pretty sweet, but what else could I look forward to?
Been awhile since you posted tecmo, figured I'd answer anyway though just in case you or anyone else was on the fence.
First off, people compare it to a laptop, which is a valid comparison I guess. But you can't carry even a net book around with two fingers. Lots of places I'd never want to lug a backpack or briefcase but I almost always have the iPad with me.
I love books, probably just having them more than reading them, before the kindle every time I'd take prolonged trip or move. I'd end up toting around several suitcases (a few hundred pounds of books - good nonfiction is hefty.). The kindle was absolute godsend to me. The Ipad boasts one of the largest screens around - a large screen is almost necessary for most nonfiction or anything with tables. In addition full color is nice when it's available and the touch screen is handier than most ebook controls - word definitions and notes are a touch or two away. The screen causes. A little more eyestrain than e-ink, but nothing too bad even after 6-8 hours. Way better than a standard LCD monitor. When the book I want isn't available in the kindle reader, I can usually find a PDF to use with Goodreader.
I also get extremely heavy use out of the netflix app. It's basically like having the entire netflix instant collection available in my back pocket. That's absolutely huge, thousands upon thousands of movies and television series always available wherever I am. Be it the lake, a job, my house, a mountain, a car in the middle of a road trip.. Anywhere there's decent cell access, which is most places these days. What movies aren't available in netflix instant, I can store on a computer with broadband and access via air video or zumo.
If you jailbreak your iPad, which is incredibly simple, you can install PDAnet on it which turns it into a cellular modem for your laptop/desktop so you can now play Poker or your favorite MMO/FPS via cellular broadband on the aforementioned mountain or road trip. If you are lucky enough to have access to an AT&T contract purchased before June 10, you have access to the only truly unlimited cellular broadband available. No 5 gig limits like you normally find. That itself is priceless. But even if you don't the cost per GB for their current plan isn't too prohibitive for most people. I'm as poor as they come and I'd still jump at the opportunity for mobile broadband that scales reasonably. None of this, you get 5 gb, then it's .10 cents a mb stuff you normally find with cellular data plans. Then again I travel a lot and none of the places I stay have cable broadband. Your mileage may vary.
Finally, in my opinion most of the apps are crap. Why the top apps are things like doodle jump and fruit ninja is beyond me. But a few are priceless, apps like logmein-to access your computer remotely, air video for remote movies, sketchpad if you draw. Motionx and google maps always on hand to find out where the hell you are if you get lost, or have an urgent need to go geocaching/hiking/sailing, and weather bug so you always know how long you have until the typhoon hits. Nearly unlimited amount of books at your fingertips via kindle, iBooks, and good reader. If you play chess fritz gives you access to the chess base database of games to study, and shredder for the iPad can play a mean game rated up to around 2800 elo or so I believe. And then there's the normal slew of office apps, if you need to write chart or analyze data and you just don't have a normal computer available for some reason. All of it sandwiched between two fingers and always available.
All in all, I'm really not an apple guy. They're good computers, and I like OSX. But I'd never buy one. For what you get they're overpriced, and I absolutely abhor their yuppiesque marketing hype that feeds on peoples desire to be accepted and admired for their possessions. The Ipad however is one of a kind, and can be extremely useful, given the modest 500-800 price tag.