I Picked up an IPad the second day it was available in Canada. It really did not give my purchase much thought other then a simple wish for a competing MS os based table be available. I really believe that moving forward NUI will drive the innovation of application development. What we percieve as strange methodologies now will take over as natural extensions on how we view and manage data. So, given that really the only compelling product that could give me a glimpse of different ways of interaction (specifically touch) was the IPad I plunked down the more then 1000 bucks. I have also signed up the the Rogers 3G service which in my opinion is pricey with 6GB of total downloads per month , but it looks from all indications that carriers are all moving to a bandwidth cap. So I have had this device for several weeks now, bought a few apps/games, uploaded a bunch of PDFs and setup a RSS reader. Each night when I am done writing code, meeting with customers or what ever the day has brought I turn on the IPad and catch up on my Blog reading and ocassionaly read some content from the PDFS. From a reading experience the IPad is very nice, easy on the eyes and natural from page turns, resize of the document and switching from landscape to portrate. For me me really that is currently the basis in which I use this device. I have still not gotten into the development of applications for the IPhone or IPad even though I have purchased some books and signed up to the Apple developer program. I think currently I still have the initial barrier of having to code in Objective-c. From that standpoint I really home that some of the MS based oems get their shit in gear and release a compelling slate. What I guess I do not understand, is why it seems from a first glance that the inital adopters HP,... chose to build on a windows 7 based OS instead of a mobile OS such as the one that is being used for the WP7 devices. From a memory and performance standpoint it seamed at least to me to be a more compelling answer. I guess for now I will hope for a great device to be introduced that will give us the tools to build compelling .net/silverlight - cloud/local storage solutions ... but I wont wait long if execution continues to fail.