Hi guys. So... I need a college set up for next year and am going to buy either this spring or early summer... I brought the call down to two options. I am going into industrial design. I have been using Windows 7 for the past couple years and have been almost completely satisfied with it. Option #1, iMac + iPad: -Current generation base iMac, $999 w/ student discount and selling the iPod from the back to school promo -Current Generation iPad, $499 -iPad Case w/ Keyboard - $99 -Parallels Desktop - $69 -Windows 7 - $49 with student discount Total: ~$1700 Option #2, Thinkpad PC Setup: -Thinkpad X220, $1099 (Core i5, IPS display, 9-cell battery (good for realistic 10 hours), 4 GBs RAM, 320 GB HD, etc.) -Dell Ultrasharp 2211H 1920x1080 IPS Display, $279 Total: ~$1400 Advantages of option #1: 1. More flexibility, since I can run iOS, Windows, and Mac apps 2. I really enjoy my dad's first generation iPad 3. More power, much better graphics performance (AMD Radeon 6750 vs. Intel GMA 3000 HD) 4. Support my apple stock Cons/concerns of option #1: 1. I would most likely use Parallels on my iPad to access my iMac at anytime so I can access Microsoft Word for when I need to type notes up in class, not sure if this is reliable or not 2. Am I able to tether my Samsung Galaxy S 4G from T-Mobile to the iPad if I have the tethering plan? 3. Look like every other college student 4. More expensive Advantages of option #2: 1. Portability and all my files are right there everywhere I go 2. I like the professional impression the Thinkpad gives off 3. Stronger, well built design 4. Cheaper 5. The Dell Ultrasharp monitor is IPS whereas the iMac is not, it's also matte Disadvantages of option #2: 1. Much less horsepower = much less futureproof 2. The Thinkpad X220's touchpad is terrible 3. The X220 is ~3.5 lbs with the 9-cell battery and awkward to use on the couch with the protruding battery So what do ya'll think? Has anybody actually used the iPad to run Windows + Mac apps over the internet?