I've thought about it at length, but I can't see the iPad v1 replacing anything I own. I know that it looks sleek and the UI is nice, but I need a device that i can tinker with and make my own. The fact that I created a Hackintosh in the first place shows this, and the iPad is the exact opposite of that.
Going on what I know, my main issues with the iPad are:
- Lack of Flash. I am no fan of Flash, but it's an integral part of the web right now, for better or worse. HTML5 is too new and will take time to become a standard.
- Storage. 16GB vs 500GB (I happened to have an extra HDD, so I upgraded my Mini). No contest, there.
- No multitasking. The Mini is no powerhouse, but doing things like reading ebooks while listening to music is a basic requirement for me in a portable device of this size.
- A closed environment is not what I need. My music player, ebook reader, video player, and even my web browser were all thought out and tweaked over time. It's my system and I want to control how I access content.
- No USB ports and no SD slot. I can print from my netbook, use an aircard, sync my music player and transfer files from my camcorder / digital camera via SD. I need that functionality.
- Not upgradeable. I already changed the HDD on my Mini, and I can add RAM as well (albeit with difficulty). I can even swap out the battery or add a fresh one, if the old one is drained.
- The price. Almost twice as much money as my Mini, just 16GB of storage and less features.
I know that the battery life on the iPad is one main advantage, as well as the touch screen, And I've heard several good things on the whole UI experience (which I'm sure is accurate). But, I think the negatives just outweigh the positives, in my opinion.