I do not own an iPad. I considered buying one...because it seemed like "everyone" was buying one. After some reflection, I could not figure out a reason to spend money on something I do not need (I've matured...or rather have less money to waste on things I might or might not use). My children have threatened to give me one, but I have managed to keep the threat at bay.
With this in mind, I spotted an article in Slate on just this subject. The writer lamented his impulse purchase of an iPad and explained his reasons.
His experience basically confirmed my judgment: I can live without one. (I do admit that I would use one, if I traveled as much as I did when working. It's a good way to carry books).
The frosting on the cake, so to speak, of this article came at the end. He asked his colleagues to explain the benefits of an iPad, to discover if he had missed something. One response was particularly clever, and it caused me to do what young, IM/Twitter/SMS fanatics do: LOL. (Record this moment: my first use of current vernacular!). Anyway, her response to his question: "Get married. Then you can use it to ignore your wife." Clever lady.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.