Reading a blog dealing with pros and cons of iPad I found an honest comment that - to my mind - formulated the essence:
"This isn't for us. This is for our mothers. This sits on the kitchen counter, displays recipes and shows pics of grandkids, and with one touch, brings up Cosmo magazine. It just works, doesn't need to be configured and can't get a virus when she downloads Smilies or Balloon Breaker. This is Farmville for $700. Maybe she puts it in her purse. Mostly, she NEVER has to call us to fix it or teach her how to use it. Finally a computer that is easy to use as a phone."