I'm not a fan boi (far from it) but my understanding from what I've read so far is that Apple doesn't intend the iPad to replace a notebook or a laptop, and that the device was never intended to perform all the functions of those devices. I infer that the iPad is intended to perform many of those functions, but optimized for easier portability/mobility than the larger devices and sacrificing some of the larger devices' capability to achieve that. So there is no use in getting irritated. You just have different expectations than the intended customers. I'm not quite sure you could say it's a cross between an iPhone and an iTouch. Isn't an iTouch simply an iPhone with no cellular phone capability? I'd call the iPad an iTouch on steroids. One thing somebody please answer for me, the iTouch must have built in speakers, right? Obviously in such a small/thin device you're not going to get great sound unless you jack in external speakers, but how do the internal speakers sound? That is, if it has any.