On the other hand the cheap model will always do your email, surf the web, have dozens of books and your best 1000 pictures and your thousand best songs and your 5 best movies and does not cost a dime to leave on your night stand being an alarm clock.
How many of us have 2, 3, 4 or more desk top, towers, or old laptops setting around the house that still work but we seldom if ever start up. I do not think that will be the case with an old iPad, at the least it will be handed down to the kids, brother sister or aunt. Anyone ever have trouble giving away an ipod or ipod Touch??