Okay, I have to say I don't have an IPAD because I don't have the money and I have a house full of computers. But I am upset by the ignorant responses below. And yes, I'm saying it's ignorance. First of all, 3 year old's do NOT have to drop electronics. They can and should be taught to use them sitting down, either on the couch or at the table and only mom hands the computer or Ipad to them. When I first bought my leapsters I had to teach my kids to carry them right and not by the attached pen.
I also do not believe any of the propaganda against SCREEN time and kids. Whatever. It's stupid. I've spent my life dedicated to my kids and we get a lot of screen time. Every child I have ever had is leaps and bounds above the children that come to me with backgrounds deprived of electronics. Once they are with me they learn faster. Not only do they learn to read faster by using these programs, but they learn how to treat property (I'm not going to let them ruin expensive things), and they learn how to sit, relax, learn, use their brains, and they don't have the need to bounce off the walls. We plan our busy times, pull back the furniture and dance etc. My kids learn to talk faster and they know more about most any subject because of the knowledge that comes from embracing technology.
I absolutely WANT and need to upgrade 4 of my computers and that's consuming my financial plans at the moment. Then I want to get at least one or more of the color nooks and eventually, yes, an IPAD.
The world will not stand still. We will continue to create and embrace technology and no child should be left behind.