Helaine, don’t worry it doesn’t exist yet.
The iPad is beautiful but it’s under Apple’s evil grasp. What you can or cannot do with an iPad depends on Steve Jobs’ mood on any given day. There’s a lot Steve and I disagree on! That’s OK on a phone, but a deal breaker on a pad.
I want a pad that’s an email/surfing machine I can take on the road. It also has to help with photography. The iPad does not.
I’d like to be able to view and do simple editing on my RAW photo files for emailing and the blog. There’s no need at the moment for Photoshop and other ‘heavy lifting’ tools.
I really don’t care about cell connectivity right now. WiFi will most likely be fine.
Today cheap pads have resistive screens. I’d like capacitive for multitouch (like iPhone pinching).
I’d rather not use Windows. I can’t tell you exactly why. I expect Android will be the go-to operating system for pads.
This type of pad should be out before the end of the year and under $300. At least that’s what I think.