I purchased my new iPad 2 about 2ish weeks ago and have been enjoying it ever since. However, my experience before that was not so shiny and I thought I'd share it as evidence of why Apple products indeed "just work". I was looking originally for a tablet to supplement my aging PC laptop. I was not ready to commit to the expense of a new laptop because I would not be settling for a low end one and was waiting for the right change in my pocket to purchase the one I wanted--also waiting for possible holiday deals. Anyway, I thought a tablet would be a good in-between option to use around my apartment and when traveling since I could do most anything with it and save my computer for merely major school work with Word and updating stuff. I went to Best Buy and found that the Toshiba Thrive looked pretty nice. I was initially interested in the Samusung Galaxy but was moved by the Thrive's full size USB and SD option to expand storage. They were out so I had one ordered and it showed up a week later. No big. Um. No. I brought it home and was all excited. It was my first foray into Android. (I had my first iPhone with the 4 and I've been in love with it since day 1.) For whatever reason, after setting up the Thrive and reconfiguring settings--googling to troubleshoot--it would not connect to my complex's wi-fi network. Which I found was apparently a common problem with the Thrive. Needless to say I was disappointed. So after one day I brought the poor thing back and traded for a black 16gb wi-fi IPad 2. I haven't looked back since. Setup was a breeze--as has always been with my iPod and iPhone. The thing just works! Seriously. People who doubt Apple really don't understand that I don't think. I'm no fanboy...er girl. I had my doubts for years minus my iPod but after finding such wonder in my iPhone and now my iPad I'm a believer. So while the price is sometimes a bit irritating because you can get similar products for less, I'm now convinced that sometimes the price is worth it. Pay the price and get something that works. Even as a budget-cautious graduate student, the longer I have my iPad I'm finding it's going to save my butt in the long run. Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience as many others have.