I got the new iPad 2 a couple of weeks ago and I have had no problems with it! Before the iPad I had the Motorola Xoom, and while there was more freedom with it there were also more problems. Apple has went out of its way to get exclusive rights to a lot of high end parts that no other manufacturer can get. By doing so when they make a product it is the best. Sure there a a couple of things that I wish I still had that the Xoom had like flash, and widgets on the home screen, but I am willing to give that up for speed and reliability.
Another, huge benefit of the iPad is the App store where there are tons of apps made specifically for the iPad! There is a huge difference in running an app that was made for a phone on a tablet versus having a app that is specifically made for a tablet.