Have an ipad already, not interested in being part of the cult. Like to see how the other half plays.
This is a pretty good tablet for the price. Compare it to the iPad and they are leagues apart but on it's own, it will do what you want it to do. It's a little over your price range, however, aside from the Archos 28 there is really nothing under $100. I don't think you'll be disappoint, though. Worth a try and not too bad on the pocket book.
I needed something small and portable, that was very cheap. I found it with the Archos 28. You have access to both the Archos Market as well as the Android Market(You have to load the Android Market on, but you can get access). I use it mostly for the apps and media. Makes a great MP3 player. It is light weight and fits comfortable in my pocket or backpack.