By some strange coincidence I came across 2 posts this week that talk about the iPad not as a toy but as a tool. I find it rather interesting that the one blogger sees the iPad as a laptop replacement, and the other can't find a decent office suite app.
The iPad is proving to be a true replacement for a laptop, save the processor-intensive applications that you may be required to use such as CAD and digital video programs. What it does masterfully is handle the majority of your computing needs in a much more sleek, transportable, and intuitive device. For the business-minded among us, it is wonderfully straightforward to use, while the techno-fetishists out there will find it to be one of the most sexy pieces of technology to come around in quite some time.
Now the iPad is amazing at a lot of things. For web browsing, watching videos (non-flash of course) and reading comic books it's perfect. There's an app called "Reeder" which has completely changed the way I interact with RSS feeds, allowing me to effectively take Google Reader on the subway. But alas, after trying out the major word processing options, all were missing key features that I'd come to take for granted, making them annoying to use at best.