If the iPad fails, it is because it is a bad device and there is a ton of media hype surrounding something so bad. It’s the Beanie Baby of technology.
I did a quick podcast about why it is bad for classrooms: http://jtspencer.blogspot.com/2010/04/ipad-hype-in-education.html
It’s essentially like a spork, trying to do all things and none of them well:
1. An iPod that’s too big
2. An eReader that’s bad on the eyes
3. A small computer (like a netbook) without a keyboard (yes you can buy one), Flash, web cam, or multitasking