First things first: Apple hasn't given the iPad to any tech reviewers yet, so David Pogue warns against paying much attention to "hyperventilating" bloggers who love it or hate it. (Go here for an example.) Still, this thing shows definite promise, he writes. "It looks like Apple really has created something new. Criticisms of 'like a laptop' and 'a big iPod Touch' don’t really do justice to the possibilities."
For starters, the iPad seems to have the Kindle beat handily as an e-reader. "Web browsing, painting programs, TV and movies, newspapers and magazines all seem like naturals on this 1.5-pound machine, too," writes Pogue in the New York Times. "Overall, the iPad seems like a dream screen for reading and watching—at some loss of convenience in creating" because of the keyboard's limitations. "But these are just the wild speculations of a guy who’s never even tried the thing."