Several friends have emailed me about the iPad, and asked me my thoughts.
It serves a couple of niches.
If I was in classes where I had to take lots of notes, or I was often a passenger on buses, cars, trains, or planes, I would buy one. It is more convenient for travel than a netbook and affords more work than an cell phone.
Apple’s good at hype, and Apple-haters are good at anti-hype, but this is a real product that serves a real purpose for some users.
Update: Half Sigma agrees.