I've seen people poking at them with various stylus shaped devices, which appear to work well. Keep looking
As for me, it is sort of a device that sits in the family room and is used to browse the internet while sitting on the sofa or take it along to share videos with friends. Might have to plug it in once a week or so with occasional use like 1 hour per day.
ipad 1 or ipad 2... It is kinda nifty but it is not going to replace the thinkpad in my bag anytime soon. Thinkpad 2.5 pounds, ipad 1.5 pounds, it's thinner but the other dimensions are about the same, at least when the ipad is in the 'condom sleeve with flap'... What it is good at, it is very good at, but I like a keyboard. I've not used them but BT keyboards apparently work? That will be an awkward setup...
You eat Cadillacs; Lincolns too... Mercurys and Subarus.