So I was really on the fence about the ipad. I kept telling myself it is nothing but a giant ipod touch, its too expensive, and is too limited due to the closed O.S. But deep down inside I also knew I really wanted one, or to at least check one out, so weds. after work I drove to my local apple store and played around with them in the store, and liked it enough to drop money on a 64 gig version. After having it for a few days I have to admit, it really is a pretty incredible device, but does have shortcomings. First off, as other have said it is a total media consumption device, I really dont see how one could be very productive on this, especially when certain things can be done much easier on a desktop or notebook. For example, I see myself doing most of my web browsing on my ipad, but will still need my MBP and imac to due things such as photo editing. Likes: Beautiful Screen Fast, fluid web browsing (this is web browsing the way it was always meant to be!). Closed O.S. Yep. I think I actually prefer a closed O.S. on a device like this. One less thing to really have to worry or deal with. I have often loaded programs onto both my windows systems and macs that have caused system wide issues. Since content can only be introduced through the app store, theoretically this should prevent things from being introduced to the ipad that could cause the O.S. to become unstable. Layout. Everything seems to be laid out perfectly. Browsing photos is a snap, having app icons fixed in place prevents the desktop from being cluttered. Dislikes: No cover flow for the ipod. Not sure of the rationale for this. A little too heavy. After holding it for a few minutes with one hand you can really start noticing the weight. No print capabilites. No way (that i have found at least) to deal with junk mail. having to pay for iworks again when i already own a family pack version. Price. Yes these are too expensive. I think each model should have been about $150.00 less. Watching movies/shows is diffucult. I like to watch a movie in bed sometimes before I go to sleep. Doing so on this will be very hard since you basically will need to hold it upright. So overall I really think this is a killer device (though not a laptop killer!). While it would be nice to have usb, front facing camera, and a more open O.S., I think those are all things that would detract from this devices intended purpose, and be a huge drain on battery life.