My wife was assigned an iPad for a class.she is teaching. I am not impressed. It is clumsy compared to anything with a keyboard. For a phone, designed to be used one-handed, this is good, although stronger on flash than function. It is very slow compared to even a very old laptop.
UPDATE: There is one virtue to the iPad -- I am having some wrist problems (moderate arthritis in the left wrist and mild arthritis in the right wrist), and it slows me down so much that I can probably blog from something like it without aggravating my problems. This, by the way, is why I am blogging much less than I used to, and writing much less than I used to. If I could afford to only work one full-time job, I would not so afraid of writing more in the evenings.