It's pretty clear that the iPad will provide an intimate way to surf the web, and check email. Combine that with the App Store and Apple may very well have a hit. Also, Netbooks are very popular right now, they're small, they pack complete Operating Systems, and they are user configurable. Let's weigh the pros and cons of each device. I am interested to see what people think would better suit their needs. **NOTE** I am NOT asking if you would have preferred an Apple Netbook. I am asking you to judge actual products. I am very much aware you can install Snow Leopard and Leopard on most Netbooks to some degree of success, and you can take that into account. But do not formulate your dream gadget. Anyway, as for me, as soon as the iPad was announced I put my HP Mini 1030nr on Craigslist and had a buyer the next day. The iPad just has what I want, I want to be able to surf the web without stuttering, without having to wait for my virus scanner to finish bogging me down. I have a laptop, I won the netbook from Engadget, it was great while I had it, but I had no reservations about dropping it for the iPad.