Re: Will the iPad be a success?
i wrote this in the other thread but i'll write it here. i'll touch on the mouse and keyboard later, but that is pretty easy to get around.
business travelers and college kids/yuppies with extra cash who want to bring their media with them without carrying around a laptop.
i see this as a door stop to hold open the door of a product that bridges the gap of the laptop and the smart phone. seriously what can the average user do on a laptop that you couldn't do on this? i agree that anything that requires large cache memory or processing power is not possible on this, but that technology will come. in the meantime this handles all the media, web browsing and basic needs on a screen that you can actually see (ie the iphone screen is tiny).
this could potentially make portable dvd players, kindles/nooks, and possibly the itouch unnecessary (if it makes some adjustments). additionally it moves closer to having a computer on the go whenever you need it without carrying around a heavy laptop. thats where casual computing is going. you will always need larger computers for programming, editing, etc. (well not always, but for the near to mid future) but the casual market can be covered in that not so near future.
the big problems i see is i didn't realize you needed to pay a service fee for optimal use (that is a terrible idea and could kill it) and as someone else said you still need a computer. then also the semi-minor things of no camera, weak on memory, stuck with ATT, not sure how the screen will be on the eyes for long periods of time (will this replace the kindle?). i also didn't see anything on the ports, but i would hope it offers firewire for media transfer.