There might be a different set of people who would prefer one or the other. I won't be surprised if there would be those who will have both.
It is true that it will be used a lot at home. But, imagine how useful this would be to quiet kids (games, movies, cartoons, etc.) in the back seat of the car while on long trips, or even just the usual routine of going around each day.
Travelers who would want to watch movies, do some light work, or editing notes, etc. while cooped up in the plane, waiting in terminals. It will be good to take notes, presentations, etc. during conferennces.
Have you seen the Maps? And related applications for travel and tourism? Here the large screen in the iPad makes a great difference.
Specially when it becomes more powerful, as others already noted, it will be favored over the very bulky notebook. This is one reason actually why I am tempted to buy the 1st gen (I usually buy the 2nd Gen of Apple products) because it was backbreaking carrying my laptop and my Nikon camera and lenses, plus other accessories. And, I have to bring them again this coming June.
Some real estate agents want to use it as presentation device -- here big is better.
There are mroe uses of course. Both are portable, the iPhone and the iPad. However, in this case, the statement: "Size matters!
" makes a lot of sense.
Originally Posted by Takeo
I disagree. I think the iPad will mostly be used in the home (that's where I mostly use mine)... and as such... local storage is barely needed. I can stream all my media to the iPad using Air Video or Stream To Me... or control my iTunes on my 1GB desktop hard drive using Apple's Remote app. It's not like an iPod where you carry it everywhere and want to have your entire iTunes library with you. The iPad, I think, will mostly live at home. I bet the majority of folks are using the iPad for web and email at home... on the couch... on the nightstand. Or maybe for client meetings at the local coffee shop (view a website, send a quick email, show off your portfolio...) or recipes in the kitchen. Or maybe to take on the plane and watch a movie or two that you just rented off iTunes. Things like that. None of which require much storage space. The few times you leave the house with it, you take the few things you need and go. That's how I'm using my 16GB iPad so far and space hasn't been an issue at all. I thought about buying the 32 or even the 64... but I couldn't justify sending my purchase price into the range of a low end MacBook for something that's not nearly as full featured. $499 was the sweet spot for me that clinched my decision to give the iPad a try. And I'm glad I did. I love this thing.