The iPad is not a big iPod Touch.
Sure, out of the box it is - it looks like one, and has the same apps as you'd expect on an iPod Touch. And at first, because you're used to your iPhone or iPod Touch... it feels
like a big iPod Touch. But if you set down your iPad then and head back to your Twitter to bash all those iPad Lovers and explain to them how an iPad is a pointless machine with no niche - you've missed the point.
Where the iPad really shines is the apps being created for it.
I'll go over a dozen or so of the ones you need on your iPad here, and get you a new bunch of reviews as the weeks go by and the iPad section of the AppStore fills up. I'll also list a few things I feel are missing in the AppStore.
The iPad is a media device. It shines in media consumption, and has already inspired a lot of innovation in the way media is being consumed. The future of periodical print publications is digital consumption - if not as a replacement, as a new method of viewing. Take a couple of the apps I recommend you pick up, Marvel Comics and Popular Science.
Popular Science + (iTunes Link) | $4.99 / In-App Purchasing for New Issues
Popular Science + is Popular Science on the iPad. But where it becomes "game-changing" and "revolutionary," if I may wax Jobsonian, is the method of delivery. The iPad screen is much