Why so much hostility in regards to apple products being Junk/Overpriced? Yes, its a bit on the pricier side but I can honestly say I haven't had an issue that wasn't immediately addressed by Apple. Issues I had were very minor and was easily corrected by online help desk. I have iPad, mac book pro and iPhone--- Way less glitchy than PCs and Droids. If you want flashy then u should go with Driods/Samsung/Nexus as those allow for all sorts of modifications and personalizations. From personal experience my old mac book was good for 6yrs before I purchased my new one. I still have my mac book and use it to store photos. Higher priced? Yes.. but worth it to me since it is dependable and long lasting.
Like another responder said, it all depends what you want the tablet to be used for. If its for quick things like apps an information look up, then yes, go with a tablet. But if you want it for papers, presentations etc, then go with a laptop type device. Yes, iPads and samsung come with keyboards, but the programs are usually not as great as the actual ones provided for laptops.
Hope that helps.