Definitely get the iPad
It's an unbelievably cool product! I've had it for a week now, and it has exceeded my expectations in every area but one. It is such a pleasurable experience to hold it and interact with the machine. It is a very intuitive, tactile, and personal interaction with the web.
Having a touch screen to interact with the web is a very different experience than using a mouse.
It is NOT supposed to be a netbook, so reviews which compare what it doesn't have, miss the point.
This is a whole new computing device to accomplish perhaps 80% of what most people use computers for all the basic uses (email, web surfing, music, movies (the Netflix app rocks!), games, ebook, magazine reading (Zinio is great), and the news (the USA Today app is a joy to use) it is great.
I have already been finding myself on my laptop much less often than before.
The iWork apps are a pleasure to use. The one area that seems to be more convoluted than it should be, is printing. You can't print directly from it. You have to either email it to yourself, or transfer the file over when you sync with iTunes. But it looks like the 4.0 version of the operating system is going to provide a lot of fixes which people are looking for.
A few years from now, tablets like this will be everywhere and those who are on computers are mainly using them for work. I knew the iPad 2 would be a big hit when my 70 old mother, after seeing mine, decided she was going to get one too!
As for buying them, you're best bet for the cheapest price is off eBay where i've seen them for $170 shipped or on Amazon.com
I've provided links to both below, your choice and best of luck!!
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