I have both the iPad and the new mini and yes, for me, they are well worth the price. You can get apps to do just about anything, and a lot of them are free like Dragon dictation.
What I like about it as opposed to other tablets is the 64GB storage where a lot of tablets are 8 or 16GB.
For a about $50 you can get a case that has a keyboard and you basically have a laptop that fits in your purse. I use mine every day and really enjoy it. I used to take it to work and when I was alone, I'd have a movie on the in the background while working, or my own music. Yep, I'm a huge fan.