New iPad owner
I live in Tel-Aviv, Israel and just got my iPad a few weeks ago. The main reason that I purchased it is that I read academic papers routinely and the PDF tools (through some of the available Apps) are very power. I can highlight special sections, write notes, etc. My second reason, I travel often, and it really bits carrying the laptop.
Good to hear from you. Yes, the iPad is great for carrying around and casual use. Even for originating content - such as articles, spreadsheets and presentations. You've come to the right Forum too. So don't be afraid to post any questions or use the Search button near the top of the Forum web page.
Have fun and enjoy your iPad.