If you increased the battery life on the Air and gave it 3G I think it could be better than an iPad? The Air's full keyboard, bigger screen, it's light and easy to carry does more with less effort and more convenience, right? I think so. The iPad seems to be created for a market that doesn't yet exist and maybe doesn't need to exist? Now software developers and publishers are working to make their content iPad compatible which (I think) with the intention of getting us to pay for services, such as New York Times etc, things which we're getting free now browsing on a computer. Do we need this new product and market that Apple seems to have created, the world's business climate needs it ... but does the consumer. The iPad will not be as productive as device to use as compared to a MacBook Air, not yet anyway. Very very convenient yes ... but looks what's it's doing already, a whole new market of software, accessories, ipad bags, keyboards is here now... What are we going to carry our iPad with our laptops on the way to work because it's convenient to take from your briefcase and read the newspaper, and then once we arrive at the office we have to reach in our bag for our laptop to get 'real work' done ... now you're carrying less instead of more. I don't know, the big picture is us all having some kind of powerful ipad device in the future with no laptops in use I guess ... the iPad by then will likely do it all .... plug it into peripherals and it'll be a work horse. The demise of the laptop as we know it? Or, is the iPad a product we didn't need in the first place, .... I wonder?