Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal stole my idea!
Well, not really. But he did recently write a nice column about his experience taking an iPad on a "working vacation" rather than a laptop. I did the same thing for last week's trip to DC.
Like Mr Mossberg I wanted something that would let me keep in touch with the office, and that would help me pass some time at the airport and on the airplane. I did not need Office-style applications since I was not intending to work with spreadsheets or deliver a presentation.
And like Mr Mossberg I too found that having the iPad alone was just fine for everything I wanted to do. Safari gave me access to Gmail, the Kindle app gave me access to books to read, and a few other apps (e.g., Maps) filled in the rest of my needs. Had I needed to deliver a PowerPoint deck, however, I would have brought a way-way-too-slow HP Mini netbook instead.