Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
It's the first gadget Apple has released in a long time that doesn't have a clearly defined purpose. It isn't a music player like the iPod, it isn't a smartphone like the iPhone -- it's pretty much just a platform device that will live and die based on the content that is written for it.
It needs a "killer app" to sell it beyond the hardcore Apple fanatics. So far, I haven't seen one.
I am intrigued by it. I am somewhat in need of a new computer. My laptop is about 8 years old now and is on its last leg.
I think the IPad is a combination of a couple platforms. It isn't a laptop but can serve as one. It isn't a music player but you can play music on it. It isn't a portable DVD player but you can watch DVD's on it. It isn't the kindle but you can read e books on it. I think it would be a great item for a big time traveler.
I really think that as wifi becomes more broad a standard wireless connection will become more in demand rather than a phone connection. I already have an ipod shuffle and a smart phone so I really have no need for the iphone. I am waiting to see what kind of reviews come out about the ipad before I make any type of decision.