I've played with an iPad 1st Gen and it is really easy to use. I feel it would be a great asset to my education, more specifically that I might find it useful in classes (although I tend to write notes by hand since they consist of a lot of diagrams and sketches). Besides that, the only regular uses I would see myself doing are the occasional game when I'm on the bus going home, listen to music with headphones, and check/reply to email and facebook. I might get into recording my guitar and piano playing if I get the right equipment. I just sold some old video games (I got $180 after splitting the earnings evenly with my brother) and my iPod Touch 32GB 2nd gen for $120. In the past, I used my iPod Touch to send text messages, but I recently picked up a prepaid android phone to take care of that. Plus, what I wanted to do with my iPod that my phone has more trouble doing (such as looking up things online) felt difficult due to the small screen. Because of that, I want to look into an iPad for ease of use and leisure. I am $200 away from the base priced iPad now. I also have a notebook (got it 2 years ago as a freshman) and a custom built desktop that I play all my graphics intensive games on (built August of this year). Here are some simple questions I have about the iPad: 1. When using the iPad, does it feel like using an iPod Touch/iPhone, only larger? 2. Are the iPad's capabilities worth paying more over a cheaper tablet? 3. What do you use your iPad for? I hope to use your feedback to help me consider buying one. Of course, those with iPads are sure to say "go for it!" but let's be honest, it's not for everyone. I am happily content with saving my money for a rainy day (I should be looking into a car for post graduation in less than 2 years...), yet I could sell more old belongings to compensate for an iPad. Thanks!