OK, grumpy head on here.
I hate iPads, and the Galaxy, and all of their ilk. At times last year we've had all manner of devices brought into the house by our visitors, and I have personally acquired a Kindle (a Christmas gift) and an android 'phone. I speak as someone who cannot work a touch pad on a laptop on account of some EM problem with me, I guess. Just moving my finger near a touch pad often makes the pointer jump all over the screen. Typing on a touch screen virtual keyboard is close to impossible for me. I hate my new 'phone for much the same reasons - I cannot, for instance, 9 times out of 10 actually answer an incoming call. As I move to press the accept call button it seems it thinks I am pressing random areas of the screen and all hell breaks lose. OK, slight exaggeration, but I do find it hard to use. It works perfectly for my wife and daughter.
Apple screens look fabulous, right up until they are covered in greasy finger prints, and even then they still look good from straight on. Apple do this in much the same way that Behringer enhance audio - it makes you think it is a lot brighter and crisper than it actually is by flattering the most sensitive ranges in our dull human perceptions. Clever, but fake. The Asus, despite its impressive battery life looks dull in comparison.
It seems to me that you cannot actually use one of these devices without some kind of stand. Even my Kindle 4 weighs much more than most 'dead tree' books, and, of course begs to be held in one hand only. So I usually read it propped up on a real book to angle it towards me. And my opinion of eBooks has not changed one iota. I use the Kindle for classics only (free), re-reading those I have forgotten. There are a few novels that I would like to acquire. A quick search on Amazon revealed them to cost about 25% more as eBooks than real books. I suppose that must be because of all the additional printing, distribution and stock holding costs . . (VAT is a poor excuse, there is no marginal cost of production for an eBook, add onto VAT very much and you still have not very much). But an eBook is like paying for a library service. You own nothing, cannot lend it to anyone, cannot sell it or donate to charity when you have finished with it. Real books are a sensory treat, tactile and olfactory as well as intellectual. The batteries never go flat, and I won't lose everything if Amazon go bust.
People seem to caress their touch devices with move delicacy than they would a lover, or more caution than they would a poisonous snake. Quite scary that.
Of all the devices that came to our house in the hands of guests last year the clear winner was an HP netbook. No, the screen wasn't all Shiny®, but the battery lasted about 8 hours, it ran like a TGV on a record attempt on Ubuntu, has a real keyboard (yeah!), it's about the same size as a pad, and it had a 320GB hard drive. Not to mention costing a fraction of the price of a fondle slab. And the teen who brought it also had an iPad, but he couldn't talk to his girlfriend in the States on that, it wouldn't play. He used the iPad to play games and watch YouTube, and the HP for 'serious' stuff.
So in conclusion, if you're going to buy a fondle slab, buy an Apple and get a mortgage to run it and replace it with the new Shiny® thing every year or so. But remember it is essentially a device for consuming media and very little else. If that's all fine for you, then get one. Just don't bore me to death with it.
And by the way, it is rumoured (probably a leak from Cupertino) that a duo of new fondle slabs will be out in April.