Apple released the iPad as a device aimed at the living room. I agreed with this position and fully expected to use the device while sitting on the sofa, casually watching TV, to check email, Facebook, surf the web etc. However … I actually have found that I reach for my iPhone when I’m in these situations.
Why? I think it’s actually pretty simple (and perhaps lazy). I’d rather grab a device that I can operate using one hand. The iPad is a 2 hand device, and for something as simple as checking email, twitter, or Facebook, I’ll simply grab my phone. For doing any surfing that’s more involved … such as online shopping … I’ll grab the laptop. It’s just too painful to type anything more than 2 sentences on the iPad.
In all honesty, the only place the iPad’s taken over for me is inside an airplane.