This post has been appended a few times with new learnings and useful information sources.Please read all the way till the end to see these appends.I am amused by how 95% of all iPad reviewers say the same things, using more or less same vocabulary and re-publish information snippets that are available right up on apple.com. Okay…my accusation of poor quality reporting is true for most product reviews and for most journalists. But obviously, the topic here is iPad.

So, get rid of the brouhaha reviews and next-to-sliced-bread reports, read what matters to YOU:

Here’s a list of things I collected that I thought would be useful to somebody evaluating an iPad.

Apple will be under enormous pressure to bridge some gaps that exist in the v1 of the product. When they come with v2, you will suffer opportunity loss on some and not on some.

I have made every attempt to write this post at equipoise and with no regard to my individual purchase decision. However, the following 2 points — though it might apply to you as well — will critically influence my buying decision, among other reasons:

Hope this helped traverse a few boxes in your decision-making flowchart J

Tip to the reviewers: If you have to use the terms like “accelerometer”, “capacitive multi-touch” — to explain iPad (or any user-experience focused product), you suck.

Since I made atleast 5 updates, I am aggregating them all below:
 (Based on store visits and hear-say between 4/3 and 4/10)