The iPad is great, but it's an iPod just a big version of it. I have tried both the iPad and Archos 9. The archos 9 is a little slower but, i like what i can do with it. The price point is a lot better then the iPad.
Right now the best price i can find on the archos 9 is $450 at SIG Electronics. Where the cheapest iPad is $550. $100 cheaper and more storage.
I would recommend the Archos 9.