The iPad contains no technology that did not previously exist. Yet, now having used oe for about a week, i am prepared to say it’s a game changer.
Biggest minus point for me: the virtual keyboard doesn’t have arrow keys, which makes editing text difficult unless you have very thin, delicate fingers. There is also the lack of Flash support, but i knew that going in.
Otherwise, it’s become my permanent sidekick. Use it for reading (iBooks as well as Stanza, which finally got updated for iPad support), browsing, note-taking,… Pretty much everything that doesn’t involve major writing and editing. And it’s a great music player too.
WordPress blogging mostly works: still cannot post on Correspondence Committee, owing to this site being coded in ASP.NET (yikes).
Battery life is more than adequate for my needs. And the most striking feature, perhaps, is how easily non-tech minded people take to the interface. (It’s quite a people magnet in public.)