The iPad was smaller than I thought it was going to be and surprisingly light. It feels sturdy enough and the screen brightness was excellent.
Clearly there is scope for using these in schools - like the iTouch you turn them on and they work - no need to log on to a network or phone a technician when your desired network drives don't appear. With ever increasing options for sharing work to and from them they appear to have a number of uses within the classroom.
One issue may be that the iPad looks to be a consumer tool, how will schools be able to use it to allow students to create and produce. Hopefully we can come up with some ideas before we start buying a few next year.