As Chad pointed, clearly you have a great deal of practical experience, and it reflects in the wonderful reply. Has been informative to put it in the least.
Thank you both for sharing your experiences with the Kindle and with the iPad too.
My Use Case — FWIW:
a] I prefer to maintain compartments in my life -- to enforce mindfulness more than anything else. Also, it is something from childhood that my mother drummed into me via a poem (*). So, when reading -- read, working -- work, internalising -- do that, relaxing -- just relax, etc. Of late, by becoming over-reliant on the PC, I have become an orangutan in deeper Borneo, i.e., swinging hither and thither, getting massively entertained and being entertaining, but not capitalising on anything.
b] Therefore, I need an ereader to move away from the damn PC and catch up with the reading in peace -- without the need to "look up this or that", or "multi-task (leading to no-task!)", or all those roads to hell paved with good intentions.
c] From the replies, I am clear now that I have been afflicted by "The Paradox of Choice"! I am interested in an ereader first and foremost. There, I got it off my chest. Looking at every Raja, Rani and Jacky here in India wave one of these things ("oooh look at my new tablet", "oooh look at my shiny mobile that launches N-bomb also"...etc.,) under my nose got me confused and paralysed.
d] IMO, I have too much clutter in my life already and do not want to add to it in any form anymore. Thanks for detailed usage pattern, Chad. Based on the pattern, I can see that the tablet/iPad is clearly going to only zone me to distraction even more..... Appreciate the write-up. So, clearly no tablet/iPad/multi-functional gizmo for me now.
Thanks to you all, for slapping me out of the headlights.
(*) The poem in question, in case anyone is interested:
Work while you work,
Play while you play;
That is the way
To be cheerful and gay.
All that you do,
Do with your might;
Things done by halves
Are never done right.
One thing each time,
And that done well,
Is a very good rule,
As many can tell.
Moments are useless
So work while you work,
And play while you play.