I recently purchased an Apple iPad shortly after the 3G version was released. My wife scorned me for buying another expensive toy. Freinds and family questioned the usefulness of the device. Admittedly, the iPad doesn't run the heavy duty desktop applications. It doesn't have a hard drive, DVD, conventional USB ports, or other common features of a laptop. Nor does it easily fit in your pocket or make phone calls on a cellular network or have a camera like a smartphone.
But after using it for a month, I can say that it has changed the way I interact with technology. The way it is cradled in your hands, held close to your face, manipulated with the tips of your fingers. The iPad gets you immersed in the device in a way that can't happen with your personal computer or phone. Videos are stunning, books are intriguing, games are engrossing. Speaking of eBooks, the backlit display, colors, page turning annimation, the ability to change fonts, paper color, and lighting makes it so much better than a drab Kindle. The battery life allows you to use it for a few days without interruption even watching hours of video. I've downloaded incredible apps for stargazing, GPS Navigation, following MLB Baseball, and Netflix movies. These are apps that can enrich your life. The iPad is a serious technology game changer that you can only understand by experiencing it. Highly recommended for "In The Groove Jazz and Beyond" radio listeners... and everyone else!
Oh, and it is a great mp3 player too. In fact I run a big part of my jazz radio show with it every week. I no longer have to lug around my laptop and power brick in a heavy case. That makes me happier, so the radio show is better too!