After I bought my two ipads at the UWS Apple store in NYC on the lower level, I came upstairs and went to the crowded demonstration tables. People were truly fascinated with them. I'm sure some were buying and some were just checking them out.
One guy commented to me "I don't know if I'll get one - I heard some sites don't work on the iPad"
One woman mentioned "it's heavier than my kindle". I told her that's true but usually when reading you rest the (kindle/iPad/actual book) on your lap etc. Don't usually read by holding book or device with two outstretched arms....
Yes, it will take time for people to convince themselves about this device. Until people stop comparing to laptops and kindles and have a better understanding of how and what it is designed for, they may think it has shortcomings.
I do agree there is a perception problem with the lack of video on sites with flash. However that will change quickly. CNN, NYTimes, HULU, and others have changed to non flash video and many more will as the ipad gains in popularity.
Meantime, I got mine to serve as a casual home device - in the living room, kitchen, bedroom, etc for checking emails, surfing the net, watching a video, social websites, reading a book, games, readings news and sports scores etc.
To that end, there is no more elegant, beautiful, well designed, easy to use device than the Apple iPad!
It's only been one day and I love it!
Typed on my iPad.