Why bother ?
We have a (linux) AA1 here as the "coffee table" machine. Ok, no touch screen, but it wifi's to the home router, runs anything *nix, supports flash / java / any web page I've tried, has 2 x SD cards, multitasks, recognises my USB drives, etc., etc.
And you can tilt the screen to a sensible angle.
And it has a forward facing cam for skype.
And I have a 3rd party broadband dongle for using on holidays, with a cheap multi-Gb data plan.
Finally, it was cheap as chips, with a universe of free software.
So apart from the touch screen (I hate touch screens - fingerprints meh), what does an iPad do that my AA1 can't ?
ebooks ? the missus has a palm and loves it : it fits in a pocket, and can be read in the sunlight.