Originally Posted by iGenius
Why not consider the message, and not the messenger?
Because in this case, the message is silly.
I run a software development company. In the office, we have all of the tech we need to execute our work. Out of the office, we use ultralight portables (primarily MB Airs). We use them because they're the best combination of form factor and functionality in an OS X environment. That's worth the extra cost to us. We use them for:
1. Presentations (via Keynote)
2. Doc workup and printing (via Pages)
5. Various media playing
6. Remote server admin
So to us, the iPad looks like a possible replacement for our Airs, at a far more attractive price. As long as the OS allows document export (to PDF, PPT, DOC), wireless printing, VPN and VOIP (which through various apps, it does), it will be extremely useful to us.
The one remaining issue, for us, is the virtual keyboard. If this really works, we'll be completely sold. If not, and we have to tote a BT keyboard around (or the kb dock), it'll be harder to swallow. But that's the only potential sticking point.
And the e-reader looks excellent, which is another plus for road warriors, which we are. All in all, an extremely promising business package.
Edit: And we don't care about Flash; in fact, all of our portables use ClickToFlash to get rid of it. Most of the substantive web is available without it, and giving up Hulu isn't exactly a deal-breaker. For sites that rely on it, which aren't terribly important in the scheme of things (to us, anyway), we're happy to wait on HTML5.