Let's not forget that Bill Gates himself triednto get a Windows tablet off the ground over ten years ago at both Comdex 2000 and 2001.
That didn't fly then, but HP may get it off the ground now that the iPad has launched along with some of it's version 1.0 limitations.
Personally, to me the "limitations" are a non issue, as I am happily using the lil' iPad for what it is intended - that is a, consumer end product. I love the fact that I can take my favorite Podcasts with me. I love the fact that I can take a library with me. I love the fact that I can choose to either purchase an App or use one for free and that it is a reliable tool and I don't have to worry about crashes.
Also, contrary to popular belief you can mult-task, albeit in a limited fashion. I.e. - I can and do play recorded Podcast music in the background while I read, particularly the classics because it creates the ideal environment for me to read and thourghly enjoy what this little device was meant to do.
However it is so much more than just a read or music and video player. Just yesterday while travelling I experienced the convenience of just popping into a MacDonalds and having a cup of coffee while checking the weather conditions for the roads ahead and also checking on the latest headlines using the AP and USA News free apps, the quickly checked the email did a little web surfing and off I went. All this while carrying a handy, convenient sized iPad. Soooo..... pass the grape kool aid - the Apps are fine!