A couple of days ago I hopped in the car and checked my email on my iPad. Fired off a quick response to a support issue for one of my apps, then put the device on the seat next to me. 30 or so minutes later, I got home. Picked up the iPad and tapped the home button. Nothing. Hmm.. it *was* fully charged when I left. Tried to shut down, no response. Tried to put it in recovery mode, still a dead screen. Brought it to my computer and sure enough, nothing - didn't even recognize the iPad was connected. I had just enough time to make it to the local Apple Store. I had to exchange my "launch" 3G a few days after getting it due to locking up while playing videos and I knew they had a diagnostic tool to check them out. They had no more luck than I did and replaced it on the spot. So far, so good. What surprised me was the repair cost. Apple picked up the tab since all 3G units are still under warranty, but the out of warranty replacement on a 64 3G iPad is a whopping $419.00. That's flat-rate no matter what the problem may be, aside from performing a battery replacement. I have to say I'll miss the old one. Used every day and carried everywhere in the Apple case. We spent lots of quality time together on cross-country flights. When pulled out of the case for the last time, it looked as if it were brand new - aside from the slight ring'o'crud where the case slightly covered the display. The glass was still pristine. So now the new one's in service but I now worry about the longevity of these units. It probably will not prevent me from picking up one of the new ones that likely will be released in a short while.