Jon Dron shares his analysis of the iPad:
This is the first generation of a new kind of thing. The novelty is not in any specific thing, but in the scale and style with which it is all glued together. As it matures and Apple find yet more ways to extort money from us, it will only get better. I am fairly confident most (and, in one way or another, all) of my quibbles with the current version will go away over the coming months and the next release or two of hardware and software. I’d love it if Android on generic hardware were better and seriously competed on this ground: I’m philosophically far better disposed to the Google way than the Apple way.
My experiences are similar to Jon’s – the iPad is an impressive device, reflected, for me, in competition with family members for who gets access to it. It’s terrific for reading (I use the Kindle app which means my existing Kindle purchases can be transferred – the highlighting and annotation features are excellent). However, for those committed to openness, the iPad forces a clash between technolust and ideology. Perhaps we need a self-help group for people in a state of cognitive dissonance due to the impressive Apple technology, but less impressive stance on openness and end user control.