Those who want an iPad but can't afford one should check out this cheaper alternative called the NoteSlate.
The NoteSlate is a minimalist tablet that's similar to the iPad, only it can't go online. Instead, the gadget is primarily used to record and save notes with its included pen. The device also has MP3 capability, complete with a USB, headphones and SD slots. It may not be an iPad, but with smartphones on the market, the NoteSlate really is all you need.