I haven't pulled the trigger yet for an iPad, but I'm close. It would be great to leave the MBP home on vacation as the iPad would do everything I need with possibly one exception. On a recent vacation to Disney World, I filled up the Flip HD with 8GB of video each day. It was easy to dump to the MBP and recharge, ready for the next day. The iPad wouldn't fill this need, even if the Flip could connect via the camera connector (I'm not sure that it could). Is there a solution? I've heard about a hard drive that could connect to a camera and pull the photos/videos off, but I can't find anything about that despite many search attempts. If so, then I could free up the Flip each day, although I'd have to wait until I return home to view/edit the video. If not, then my dependence on the laptop for using the Flip minimizes my need for an iPad.