Someone needs to take off their Apple Fanbois hat..

Apple did a nice job with the iPad and at the time it was released raised the bar for the tablet market.. one which had been pretty stagnant for a while. Since then other companies have come out with products that match or exceed the iPad in capability.

Is it a replacement for a general purpose laptop? No, but it was never meant to be. But it is very nice for web, music, movies..etc. iOS is nice.. For the device/purpose it doesn't have the overhead, sluggishness, or complexity of windows, MacOS, or *nix.

Am I going to spend $500 for one? No. Would I use one if it "fell off the back of a truck"? You bet.

Giving one to a firefighter would be like giving an Elephant ballerina slippers.