First off I'm a techie / gamer and I just bought my first apple product ever, and this is not buy accident. But my gf wanted one and since all other tablets are not in ipad league yet ipad is cleary the best choice. On the otherhand for most this is an expensive toy and nothing more.
I would never suggest to anybody to ever get a 3G version as att will rape you and you will have a data cap which defeats the purpose. 32GB and 64GB only exist because apple wants to further rape their customers because usb micro sd expansion does exist to them. Seriously people 16GB is more than enough I have over 150 apps and room for some movies and music.
Besides apps and books you don't even need to put that much music on it as your can stream pandora, from your house, even dropbox hosting, etc. The reason I say only 16GB is because you can get an ipad these days for 400 and even that is still to much I think. A year from now tablets are going to be really cheap once the acer's of the world start coming out.
If you travel alot, have a job with alot of free time, anything where you are bored for even an hour then the ipad is for you. Second you must like and know how to use a computer or else your not going to have fun. Yes the ipad is a big iphone but honestly it is so much more as size make things alot better and sometimes worse. Worse because reading I don't find enjoyable on it, it's like reading a book on a computer just can't do it.
Ipad is not a computer so please all you people who want to throw away your laptops for an Ipad just stop it. That's like saying instead of driving to work I rather walk or ride a bike. I can't think of anything the ipad does better than any computer. This is a device to do stuff on when you don't or are not around a computer. Like very simple stuff. Hooking up a keyboard to the ipad is just silly and never do this in public as people will make fun of you.
I have to add this also but if you are torn between this is a laptop you need to get a laptop really, get a macbook air or even the new touchscreen dell insprion mini it's a tablet and a netbook pretty neat. And still cost less than an ipad because you get way more.
OK anyway the ipad review and I am being as honest as I can. The ipad is beautiful device and just feels so good in your hand. Design is perfect in my book. It will have an affect on your wrist over time but it's minor, start working out or something. ios 4.2 is great and I got my ipad the day it came out so before I really don't know what people where doing besides jailbreaking, using one app at a time is just nuts to me.
Ipad is very simple or tries to be in options for what you can do. Most people can just pick it up and use and enjoy. But mainly the ipad is for gaming (yes I hate to say it too) browsing web, email, music, video, etc. IOS is like any other system it does crash sometimes or should I say apps crash so that could be a dev problem which is likely.
Apple has tons of apps for it's devices but at the moment there are not as many ipad apps as I would like you will find many iphone apps that work but look like crap, like really bad (buying a iphone app for ipad is a waste of money) Most devs develop for iphone ipad first so you will have to best choices. Problem is trying them all out or even discovering them. I follow devices everyday and read and watch and search for the best apps and it is very time consuming. Even for me with like a 150 apps installed it's still hard to fine more.
Ipad is great but honestly need a new toy like I did it really is not going to make anything in your life easier. If you have smartphone it probably can do all that you need. It's great really it is and I am someone who honestly doesn't want to like the ipad. If you use a computer alot it does feel good to not have to use a big ole computer sometimes. But you start to feel like man I have to open up an app to do every single thing, it's like apple is going backwards in computers because you will never forget that is is a smartphone os and it's not really tailored for a tablet. Yeah it works and it works well but that doesn't mean people would not like to ditch a laptop and have something really to make them do it. If you use an ipad like a laptop then good luck with that.
What sucks about the ipad:
No Flash, yeah it's kinda a big deal if you like to watch anything for free. Why are people buying tv shows that air for free I don't know. Apple didn't do flash because they want people to buy stuff that's all. Jobs will lie to get your cash so don't believe this HTML 5 stuff it's a long time before the web evovles.
The Price is too damn high, so your gonna tell me an iphone and ipad cost the same price brand new, something not right there. Apple is known to overprice but who can blame them.
No Ports, hdmi , usb , SD micro, once again apple wants to make it hard for you to put your stuff on it or use it in anyway that might make you not spend money on itunes or buy their apple tv
Itunes, enough said if you like then your all set it can be a plus.
Things I love with the ipad.
Battery, 10 hours plus is amazing
Best Apps Best games, everybody wants to make apps for apple first
UI, apple has such good taste when it comes to design.
Warranty for the first year
Jailbreaking, so many options get the most out of your ipad.