thoughts about alternatives to the iPad and my iPad experience continued...
I use iTunes for music, movies, and ibooks.
Copying music (and music in the cloud), movies, and ibooks to an iPad is a no-brainer. The networked iTunes experience enables me to play any movies on my computer with iTunes on my iPad as well. I recently did use this on a family vacation.
My least happy experiences with the iPad have been when I tried to cobble together a solution - using BOX and iannotate. This "worked" but was not a pleasant smooth experience.
If I were to use a MS windows tablet or an android tablet, I believe such experiences of "cobbling together" solutions would become common place. I would have the freedom to do everything except what I want to do - just have things work out-of-the-box with the media as I have as I have it.
If you have not bought into iTunes media, you might not feel so locked in. I do feel locked in to a really good experience with my media and even my existing iPhone apps which I can copy to my iPad.
Any MS or Android tablet I would have to buy apps for again. I would have to learn a whole new ecosystem of apps and how they work, when and how they can be trusted... Ugh.
My work has a mobile device management system that works for iPad. It will soon work for some Android tablets but does not at this moment. I have not even heard the MS tablet OS will ever be supported.
In short, I have reasons to use the iPad. I am extremely dis-incented to use anything else.