Now that the iPad Pro is out, and the latest, simply called IPad, a cheaper version that might work well for a first time buyer. Still not able to replace a laptop but getting closer.
Articles on what is included with the iPad
From Forbes iPad 2 vs. Ipad Air: What's the difference?
A basic description of these Apps and how to use them can be found at: For Seniors: Understanding iPad 2 Built in Applications
Each iPad comes with with Built-in Applications. These Apps include:
Guides on how to get the most from your iPad & the ability to find your iPad if you lose it. One other item, now that you have an iPad you should protect it. Invest in a cover and add screen protectors to the front and back to protect your tablet from scratches would be a good investment.