Thats not how I feel, but it is the general impression I get from people who are being critical of this device. I recognize that many of us love what Apple does as a company, but it's unrealistic to expect that every product will fit into our lifestyle. For instance, I have a Macbook, and airport express, a bluetooth keyboard, an ipod touch and soon will have an ipad. These are the products which best work for my life and which I can find a use for. It would be silly of me to say that the new mac pros are too big and that the imac isn't expandable enough. Each product is designed to fit a particular need and if it meets our needs, then fanatastic. If it doesn't then no big loss, there are other products which likely do. Now if we can't even identify and articulate our needs, then we haven't got much right to complain about them not being met. For me, the ipad is an ideal leisurely browsing and media device which I can also use for writing. Some might argue that my Macbook fills this role, and while I think it's a fantastic device, I value the compact form factor and ease of use of the ipad. Not to say that OSX is difficult (I've been using Apple computers since the Apple II), but I have come to adore the accessibility on my ipod touch of having the things I use most right there and just tapping them open. So just to reiterate the initial point, if the ipad doesn't meet your needs, thats fine. Just don't take it personally.