A lot of people seemed to somewhat misunderstand what I originally wrote (which can still be seen below), so I'm rewriting the question to be very clear: 1) EXACTLY what situations/jobs/roles/uses does the iPad perform better than other devices such as the Macbook Air? 2) EXACTLY what aspect/ability of the iPad makes it better at that job? Here's an example of a response that DOESN'T answer the question: Here's an example of a response that DOES answer the question: ------------ original text below ---------- About a month ago I got an ipad for free, and I've been playing around with it, but I honestly don't see what the point is. I already have a laptop (macbook pro) and it's totally light enough for me to carry around everywhere I go without giving it a second thought. And my laptop is **SO** much better to use than the iPad. The laptop's screen stays up by itself at any angle or position I like, the physical keyboard is obviously vastly superior to the iPad's on-screen keyboard, the laptop can play flash (hulu etc., as much as flash is obviously at the end of its life, today it still is used by a lot of sites), the apps on the laptop are MUCH more powerful and full-featured, the speaker sound coming out of the laptop is MUCH better (ooo, stereo sound, how modern!), the screen is larger, etc. etc. For people who often need to do computer stuff while they're standing (like doctors, managers working the floor of a business, etc.) I can totally understand how a tablet is very useful for them. But for the vast majority of people who have iPads, I just don't see how it's any better than a Macbook Air, and I see many ways how the iPad is worse. So as a decades-long Apple fan, and happy owner of MANY Apple products (including the iPad), I'm asking an honest question here: For the typical consumer, what *exactly* is the iPad better at doing than other devices? And why do you think it's better at that task?