The iPad came out in April this year, but I hesitated to get one because it is a bit pricey, and I wasn’t sure if I would have a use for it, given that I already have an iPhone and a MacBook Air. I decided that I would give it a try this weekend. I like it. With regards to reading things, such as maps, books, web pages, emails, and other content, the iPad works very well. In combo with iDisk (part of MobileMe subscription), you can also share work from the office to read at home. Not that I want to take work home with me, but this is a simple way to read something when it is quieter at night, and then come in the next day to write that brief or memo.
I decided to try and type this article on the iPad with the WordPress app, and it is ok. You can type with two hands, unlike the iPhone, so this is quicker. But putting in links and other references is not intuitive, (as others have commented here http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=5941&tag=nl.e101.b). However, this device might be easier to use in court for reference materials and the like, particularly if the court has wifi (I opted not to get a 3G model iPad). This device is also notably faster then the iPhone. The battery life of the iPad is also quite good compared to my laptop and phone.
Overall, I think this is a nice device to own and it will improve as innovators come up with new apps designed for it. However, I don’t think this device is ready to replace your laptop yet! Check back for more from the field.