Hello to everyone! We got our 16 GB 3G iPad yesterday and everyone in the family has been putting it through its paces.
The iPad is the first high-tech device that I've ever considered buying upon release. When the Walkman cassette player came out, I waited 3 years before buying one. Only after CD players had been out for 3 years did I get one. I still don't own a laptop (I use iMac for desktop work) or a cell phone (don't need 24/7 phone connectivity).
Conversely, the rest of the family is way more techie than I am. My wife has a desktop PC and an HP laptop...AND a netbook...AND a cell phone, though not an iPhone. She's also the family photographer and has gone through 4 digital cameras in the last ten years. My sons (11 and 6) have Nintendo handhelds and of course know more about using the cell than I do.
But after watching Steve Jobs' keynote introducing the iPad, I became intrigued by the possibilities. The touch screen is a game-changer, much like the Wii's motion-sensing controls changed the way we play video games (yup, we have one). So I thought we should have an iPad right away, despite the opinions of many who thought we should wait for 2.0 or even 3.0.
I don't have a clear idea yet of what our family's going to do with the iPad. My wife will certainly read books and store some photos on it, and the boys already have their fave games loaded. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with it, although the ability to browse the web...from my living room...without waiting for the slooooow laptop to boot...is already an advantage. I'm also a musician, so music creation software is an interest, and some of this stuff shows real promise. Now if I can just get the iPad away from the rest of my family for awhile...