If you have a Blackberry have a look at the Playbook. Can do everything the iPad can do (albeit without the numerous native apps available from App Store) but with the added benefit of 'bridging' with your Blackberry phone allowing you to view emails, surf the web etc using the phones data connection.
Another benefit of the Playbook is that it runs Flash (which the current iPad does not) meaning you get a 'full' web experience. This also means the numerous apps required on the iPad to accomplish most web-based tasks are not needed (e.g. Facebook, try using the normal web based interface on an iPad, no embedded videos or games, no native chat etc).
Similarly, the Playbook handles multi-tasking far better than most of it's rivals i.e. listen to music, IM friends, surf the web, send and receive emails all at the same time with noticeable 'lag'.
If you're in anyway technology savvy you can also set up the Playbook to run Google Android OS, this will allow you to download most games and apps via the Android Marketplace.
To answer your original question, I was in the same position when I got the Playbook but I find I use it all the time (listening to music & pod casts, catching up on the news, surfing the web, sending emails, watching movies, playing games, remote access to work/client computers - the list goes on...)