I have resisted buying an i-pad as we have at home for two of us, a main home PC, two netbooks and a smart-phone each; and wondered if an i-pad was necessary? Other family members already had i-pads and I was always impressed by them.
All I can so is although not truly 'necessary' it has made life so much easier. Lightweight, fast and so easy to use. Surfing the web, Facebook and games etc. are so easy with this. Battery life is really good too. I found setting it up to be really easy, and getting Apps onto it a doddle! Love it for watching 'catch-up' TV when I've either missed something or am cooking and can't see our main TV.
I already have an i-pod so was familiar with Apple and i-tunes, so the format used was recognisable and easy to use.
I also purchased via Amazon a 'smart cover' for it which protects it well and puts it to 'sleep' when not in use.TeckNet® New iPad 3 & iPad 2 Premium Folio Case / Cover and Flip Stand For New Apple iPad 3rd Generation & iPad 2, With Magnetic Auto-Sleep - Purple - Second Version
Really pleased with the i-pad and highly recommended.