Originally Posted by transient
You can get a used iPad 1 for around $300 now. Real iPad alternatives are still 1-2 years away. I'm posting from the iPad I bought when they released April of last year, still rocking.
Plenty of iPad alternatives are here now, pretty much any decently specced tablet which is running Android 3.0(Honeycomb). All with the great advantage of not been locked to proprietary software on a single computer(iTunes umbilical), just to get songs and other content on or off them.
Originally Posted by chobochobo
I had an Ipad 1 for a while and it was good fun/ useful though not essential which is why I got rid of it in the end. Using a Dell Streak for browsing and occasional pdf reading, but for movies and games, the iOS tablets have the slight upper hand. Most Android devices will perform quite well also. Just don't expect to be able to do much work ie word processing on these tablets except in an emergency.
Agreed, there is no substitute for having a real physical keyboard that one can touch-type at high-speed with.