Surfing the net isn't the same light workload it used to be. Websites are so complex now with so much content to process that there is a noticable performance difference now with slower hardware. The ipad seemed way too slow for me (even just going on the internet) given its pricetag.
You've actually used one? If so, when and how? The impressions I got from reading reviews by people who were at the iPad announcement event was that it felt extremely snappy.