The more I think about the iPad, the more it seems like we are living in 2500 BC Sumeria. An expensive tablet that you can read from!! You can even 'write' with the virtual keyboard and erase!! OMG! (Clay tablets were erasable too, as long as you didn't leave them in the hot sun too long).
This issue of changing the batteries perturbs me too. Those who say Apple is a cult might not be so wrong when suppliants--excuse me, customers--must tramp to the nearest Apple Store to request the arcane service of changing the batteries.