My quick take on the iPad: this really is an entirely new class of device. Not because of the form factor (neat!) or the technology (fast!) or the vertically integrated content distribution channel (smart!). Instead, the iPad is something new because of its intended use. I see the iPad not as the next evolution of the personal computer, but instead the beginning of the family computer.*
Sippey blogs so that I don't have to. :) This is exactly what I think about the iPad. It will be the essential family room device. I can see myself playing chess or checkers or connect four on this with my kids. I can see it being the ultimate party game device for trivial pursuit and in geekland for Settlers of Catan (you have your cards on your iphone and you use the iPad for the board). Then put it in a tilted up recharge stand and it will be a digital picture frame, weather center, and/or world clock. I really do think this is a new category. Good on ya, Apple.