I reboot my iPad more often than my windows desktop. I have been ready to buy numerous apps and stopped after reading comments complaining of bugginess and crashes.
There are a lot of great ios apps out there, and I'm very pleased with the iPad, but IMO the app store and Apple's "walled garden" philosophy does not live up to the hype of impeccable stability everyone claims. I had less variety, but just as good luck with windows mobile.
Stability is relative. A controlled environment will always be more stable. Windows XP systems are more stable when they are in a controlled environment. What makes the iPad unique is the large number of 'experts' who have found the iPad to be a lot more functionable than they expected. A major writer for a PC magazine did a 100 days test with his staff. He and his son found they were using the iPad a lot more than expected, and it had become a valuable tool. Two female staff members started with the attitude that it would be worthless for them. While they all found some issues with the iPad, the overall effect was that they would not relinquish it without a fight. The iPad will continue to change to meet public expectations, but for a first year introduction, it has totally dazzled the public. They will add memory, cameras, and other features, but the big selling point has already been made.
I was excited about the Galaxy Tab until I read rumors of its carrier-lock deal. $200-300 if I sign up for a limited and expensive 2 yr plan or $1000 without a plan. $1000?! My $600 32GB WiFi iPad is looking pretty darn good for that. Heck a $700 3G version looks good.
There's no way the Tab can beat the iPad at that price. They will never sell as many.
But that depends on the definition of beating does it?
Even the iPad is pricey for it to be affordable to the masses. To put an iPad in every home its price would have to be below 100$ and then...
Not white, not black just passionate shades of grey...
Yuno Wataï Minh
My plan was to get an Android tablet. I have been very happy with a Droid and now a Droid 2. My plan was to get a tablet, since I was familiar and happy overall. Advantages--don't have to rely on Itunes to transfer files (just simple folders), good voice commands, GPS with voice, widgets, live wallpapers, a working Google Voice app, Flash video, etc.
A work laptop broke down earlier than I expected. I decided not to hold out and instead go for the Ipad. I believe that Android tablets will definitely be opponents of the Ipad. There will be more options, they will be cheaper, and they will have some advantages (some of which I mentioned above). I think the Android tablets will be behind the curve a bit and will have already lost much of the market to Apple.
I think a lot of people with the Android phones (who are happy with them) will migrate toward the android tablets once they are out.
I also only get 6-7 hrs battery life now. This is still completely acceptable for my usage, but I'm tempted to start removing apps one by one to see what the problem is.