It is not better than a Netbook, but it is not comparable to a Netbook. The iPad is not a computer - it is a giant iPod touch. If you think of a Netbook as a Media center, than an iPad is better as long as you can live with 64gb. It simply isn't a netbook competitor if you use your Netbook as a computer. I am agog at the shortsightedness of the iPad. It is a hallmark of Apple's Hubris to offer such a limited device. It is the same hubris that led to the Apple TV.