In that same spirit...
> a second portable device that can show flash websites would be an
> essential 'extra' if i accidentally owned an ipad.
I that spirit, I would add a 500G Archos 5. It addresses many of the faults of the ipad/ipod as a media player.
The screen protector on the iPad is a definite must. The rate at which an iPad screen accumulates crud really gives you an appreciation for the hygenic state of hands. Also, any "dock" should accommodate the rubber covers. They're common for the phones. It's pretty obvious that they would get wrapped around iPads too.