The wife watched, intrigued, as a friend used his iPad to deal with his e-mail, showed off some pictures, read the news headlines, found a nearby restaurant, etc.
I didn't get much feedback from her at the time, however, she has actually said on several occasions since then that the friend's iPad was really good, and could she have one? She also asked what she could use it for.
For the last few weeks she said that the things she found interesting were the instant on, touch a button/icon, the software just worked, etc.
I've been saying that she should wait as there are going to be various clones coming out, and they might not be at a premium.
The pressure is building on me to acquire an iPad for her as she has been swept up in the Apple/iPad excitement. Additionally, she looked at the Xoom and didn't seem too impressed. I think she found it a little too geeky.
Now, before you ask, she's quite able to go and buy it for herself and not tell me, but, she has no clue about technology, and doesn't want to know. And that's my point, the iPad is cool, the software works and she doesn't have to mess with settings (except to change the wallpaper, etc.).
I'm seriously considering a second hand iPad might do for her, or if I should suggest she go for the iPad2. We're off to the store this weekend so she can take a hands-on look.