The iPad is a great device for media consumption.
Browsing the internet,
and doing email (among other things)
are intuitive and easy to use.
My mom picked it up and could use it like a pro within a couple hours.
It also has all the functions of an iPod (music,
Some apps are free.
Most good ones cost between $5 and $10.
In my opinion,
the iPad is a great device for people that either want something easier to carry around and use than a full-size laptop,
or people like my mom who just need a sleek,
simple interface for basic internet and media uses.
I think it`s cool,
but it`s not for me,
as I already have a laptop and an iPhone.
Apple devices are well supported with updates,
and are super-reliable.