Why no camera!?!
There are two reasons the iPad doesn't have a camera. First and foremost it's so they can release one with a camera in the future and get people to buy ANOTHER iPad. Secondly, they knew they were releasing the iPhone 4 with a front facing camera for video chat and didn't want people deciding not to upgrade their phones due to already having video chat on a much more conveniently sized screen. Lets face it, video chat is the one REALLY cool feature on the new iPhone but quite frankly it would be rediculous to pull out your tiny little phone to chat on when you could use your iPad and actually SEE the person to whom you're talking.
My netbook has a camera, a microphone, a physical keyboard AND a touchscreen. For anyone looking to stop drinking the Kool-Aid, it's called the Lenovo Ideapad S10-3T and it beats the iPad like it stole something!