Personally, I find that it is far more portable than a desktop or laptop. sitting on the couch or lying in bed with the iPad will be far more comfortable than lugging a computer around. Also, the instant on aspect is far better than the wait time to boot up or wake up your computer.
To answer your question from my perspective:
First class response.To answer your question from my perspective:
The iPad isn't a computer per se. You can pretty much do whatever you like on the computer without having your hand held. If you stop there, it kind of carries a nihilistic view towards the iPad.
If you look past that, however, you might notice that the iPad can supplement your tech life. Sure, it's portable; and the battery life makes it worth carrying around with you as an information device or in lieu of a gameboy/PSP. I think it has added value for those that don't already have an iPod or iPhone.
Also, there are apps already available that take tasks done on the computer and streamline them. That's where it glows, I think. Take iWork for example. With keynote you can pull out the iPad and do a business presentation on the quick, update mission-critical documents, or pull grades for a student instantly from numbers. The many PDF readers allow you to share documents with other people in a more human fashion, no passting around the clumsy L-bracket that is a laptop. And, my personal favorite, you can carry and show your art portfolio at any moment, with music to match.
The short of my point, though, is that it's an enabling device. It's not about tinkering -- which turns a lot of people off I know -- it's about making life easier.
Sorry for the long winded response, but I figured you might want an honest answer.
And that is exactly what the world needs more people glued to their gadgets rather then actually socially interacting with each other. Awesome!No, because you're stuck sitting in front of a computer (or even a laptop), but the iPad is small enough to cart around with you in your home, in a small bag to go out, etc.
Laptops are still big and need power adapters, etc. Not entirely mobile.
iPad is big enough and small enough to be useful even when you have a computer nearby. It lets you be connected/entertained and be out in the real world too.
What do you mean??? I socially interact with people... I chat with my Facebook friends, text my other friends, IM still other friends. Sometimes, we are even in the same room when we do it.And that is exactly what the world needs more people glued to their gadgets rather then actually socially interacting with each other. Awesome!