Never a toy. Has helped me as a physicist for more than 5 years. Also it's really good for proofing typesetting and photos in my work in editorial design. You need to see beyond your worldiPad is an even dumber toy. Doesn't do anything more than a phone, not as specialized as a Nintendo Switch and too gimped by iOS to be a laptop replacement. Our iPad is used to entertain kids when then come over but even kids prefer their portable gaming console or laptop.