After the pre launch hype exploded into a million voices screaming in rage or intoxication one argument about the iPad seems to remain; why would I need one if I have a laptop? Last week I didn't have an answer to this question. I figured I might buy one for my mom as she has no use for the extra complexity of a full laptop, but I presumed I would hold off until tablets had evolved a couple of generations.
But yesterday I realized I will buy the iPad. Possibly even the first generation machine.
I have an avid interest in gaming and game design. But I rarely play games anymore, it's just to time consuming to start up machines and and load save games. I don't have two hours without interruption to play games. I have many short periods interspersed throughout the day. Today I fill these periods with gaming, reading and twittering from my iPhone. Only one thing could make this more enjoyable, a larger screen.
The iPad is the perfect casual media machine. A tad expensive perhaps, but still worth it. I'm getting one.