The last time I was an early adopter of technology was when I blew 1100 bucks on an Apple Newton. I was convinced it was the future, and showed it to everyone. I tried like hell to make it part of my normal life for about 6 months before realizing the effort required wasn’t justified by the payoff. It was the future, but not until it was 75% smaller and had a Palm logo on it.
These days I wait months, sometimes years, for a new product to prove itself before I’ll spend money on it. So you can understand that I was in no hurry to buy an iPad, and only have one (actually two!) because my generous Apple evangelist boss gave them to all of us as end-of-year bonuses. Having used one for about 4 weeks, I can tell you that an iPad makes a really decent eBook reader.