The sales process was handled efficiently; I was given ample opportunity to play with the device before completing my purchase (foreplay?) and I must say that first impressions of iPad are breathtaking. The thing is flat-out beautiful. Sure, it's like a giant iPod Touch, but it feels just-right and very different all at the same time. Everything seems new again, and that comes from an obsessive attention to detail: the way the page curls work in the iBooks reader app, the multiple modes of use for portrait and landscape orientations, the way it sits in your hands, and the devastating speed of the thing. It has been said it seems about 50% faster than the iPhone 3GS; that's about right.