I love my iPad, daughter has had hers for years, dad had the original one and OH is still using it.
unless you want to play War Craft or other similar games, I can't see what you could pay for. I have Kindle on it, all your books will automatically be transferred, I have paid for books from Amazon, if I can't find a free one I fancy.
very easy to set up, no problems at all, easy for taking photos and putting them on the site, far easier than a laptop. Go for it, you'll like it.
Amazon may be doing a deal money off or something, and they are marvelous if something should go wrong, they will send a pre paid lane for return with no questions asked. You can't lose.
its extremely quick connecting to the Internet, much quicker than my Samsung was.
the only problem is that this site is not very iPad friendly, (yet) so you can't change your avatar photo, or use the smileys on the keyboard.
i can read any documents, I have an office app and can print off documents, send business letters, or print off pictures very easily, from the arm chair actually as I have a wifi printer. Gosh we are getting lazy.