WHS, I'll let you know WHEN I get it <VBG>... ordered on the 18th, promised on the 27 of next month. A few days ago if you order it the delay was 3 or 4 weeks, not the 4 or 5 when I ordered it. My 'promised' delivery date was changed to the 26 then... They did send me 3 other things I ordered with it already though, not that I can use the accessories...
The iPad is very light, probably 1/3 to 1/4 the weight of Netbook and Laptops.
It wasn't gotten as a home appliance though either, although I can use it on the patio if I wish or when eating breakfast (might make me finally drop the newspaper delivery?). It was for travel. Allows me to connect at our kids house and not hog a computer they have or even when traveling at hotspots. It wasn't bought based on need, unless you call wanting a new toy a need?
I really wanted to buy it at Best Buy with their 'obsolescence' guarantee, as I figure Apple will drop a clearly better iPad next year. They've pretty much been doing this, 1 year later release, with many products. Next iPad should have better graphics, better camera's, and probably more speed.
New technology for the batteries, OS alone can't make it that much better. Very few laptops are close to the 10 hour life of the battery in an iPad. Of course, one can buy more batteries and switch them out, can't on an iPad, sealed... but that is Apple.