Hello, I am an American living in the Middle East (paid a horrible markup for this 16 gig 3G iPad but oh well, and at least it's unlocked).
I've never owned an Apple desktop or laptop. In 05 I got an iPod and was impressed. In 09 got an HP laptop which during this year began to suffer a screen flicker that would have cost hundreds of dollars for anyone to fix. It was at this time I began to think of an alternative. In April I had bought an iPhone 3GS and loved it. Up until a few days ago it was basically my replacement for my collapsing laptop. Using the iPhone made the idea of owning an iPad all the more attractive, and as I read people's accounts of using the iPad to replace other machines I became sold. Taking my iPad out of its box and plastic wrap and loading it to iTunes felt like caring for a new baby.
I think this machine is what I had been expecting a computer to be like all along, and I think it will really change things in the world of personal computing.
I plan to use the forum as a source of news and advice for using my iPad.
So far I would say my favorite app has been iBooks. I also like FileApp Pro for managing stuff I needed to get off my laptop to email out to others or just store in another place. I first had these apps on my iPhone and enjoyed them. On this machine they are even better.