Originally Posted by eslfish
IMO. I'd get it...just because it's pretty cheap and you could consider it a laptop!
$500 for the base model. And it lacks almost every feature of a laptop. All it is really good for is web browsing. Sure you can store one or two movies or play some music at crap quality, but you could also do that on a much cheaper, yet more powerful netbook.
The netbook would also have:
The ability to run actual programs
storage upgradeability (run out of storage? Just stick in a SD card!)
a real keyboard
ability to type without being restricted to like 5 inches of screen
usb ports! (sync your mp3 player, camera, etc.)
webcam for video chat
wired networking (faster, and useful in hotels where wireless is not available)
ability to customize much more in your OS
can actually run games much better than the iPad
much harder to damage. (I have seen many dropped netbooks that went with zero damage. Don't even think of dropping that iPad though)
matte lcd on most (much less glare than on an iPad)
ability to have 3G plans besides AT&T (unlimited data!)
ability to use a real mouse and keyboard (though most netbooks already have a full-sized keyboard)
the list goes on...
What does the iPad have?
Tablet form (could be a plus or minus)
cool interface (though rather impractical)
multitouch panel (though most netbooks have a multitouch touchpad nowadays)
I guess more accessories?
Wow factor (for the next couple months, until people get used to seeing them)
Up to you really, but it seems like a clear choice to me.