Well, it's finally here. With a level of anticipation unmatched by about anything in recent memory except Avatar, Apple unveiled the iPad--a/k/a the Tablet, the iSlate, or, as a few tech blogs are now referring to it, the JesusPad. It was interesting to revisit the New York Times tablet bingo card (below; click to expand)) to see how right and wrong many of the assumptions were--slate format, soft QWERTY keyboard, no stylus, and $499 for the entry-level, 16GB, non-3G model.
So, what'll I do? As the title of the post suggests, I'm on board--likely for the entry level model. The extra $130 plus AT&T provided data plan fees doesn't seem worth it, given that I've already got an iPhone for on-the-road surfing, and I don't anticipate huge amounts of media storage required, given that I'll use my iPhone and iPod for music and podcast listening. Part of the appeal is, of course, from a pure design/aesthetic point of view--and the large-scale multitouch screen functionality looks pretty appealing as well. I'm currently using a Compaq/HP TC1100 tablet in the kitchen for quick surfing, but this looks to be about half as light and twice as fast. And, yes, I already have a Kindle, so I don't know if I'll be buying as many books here--especially at the quoted $12.99-14.99 price point, versus $9.99 or less for most Kindle books--but the ability to run the Kindle app here means I'll still have access to my ebooks. Yes, the absence of flash is annoying (no watching Hulu in bed, for one thing), but it sounds like there are workarounds out there.