I’m not planning to get one. I mean, even if I was planning to spend some money and get something cool, I wouldn’t get the iPad. Not yet.
At the moment, I use a laptop for laptop things and a phone when I want mobility and a Reader for eBooks. But I recognize that things will probably change. The haters keep saying that the iPad is just a big iPhone (but without the phone). That’s true, but misses some big points:
1. Just an iPhone? The iPhone is fantastic. It’s fantastic because of all the apps that let it do all kinds of things that it couldn’t do when it first came out. It can do things that no one had even thought of then. We didn’t imagine the things it can do. The hardware is the same, but thousands of programmers out there made it better.
2. A bigger iPhone will have apps that take advantage of its size. There will be programmers who had great ideas for the iPhone, but didn’t develop them because the iPhone is too small. I don’t even want to predict anything, because the truth will be better than I can imagine.
But for now, the thing doesn’t offer me anything I need for $500. It looks pretty, though, and three years ago we all would have been amazed by what it can do.