David … Welcome to the Wave, LOL. The pack of clones from Taiwan will come out in the fall so it will be interesting to see what Apple’s next move will be to stay ahead. Possibly an OS upgrade or even a new version like they did with the iPhone? And fascinating to see how the Big Gamble on HTML5 will play out.
On your PDF issue I recommend GoodReader, which does the trick superbly (and other tricks too).
I agree with your use of the device — same here. So nice to be able to read and surf without the damn keyboard etc. You might enjoy the Pulse app newsreader, which I like … although I see Mashable is recommending Digital Post. The FT and NPR apps are good too. And for all apps there is AppAdvice!
I became a ‘fanboy’ back in 2007 when I bought an iMac…
For PDFs I like to use iBooks, the easiest way is to attach your PDF to an email, read the email on the iPad, then from the top left of the screen “Open In …” and select iBooks.
iBooks separates Books from PDFs.