Hello everyone, I'm from India and currently applying for Ph.D in Virology/Microbiology. At present I own a Compaq desktop (& my only computer) that I purchased in 2004. It has become very sluggish from past few months and sometimes can't even do basic task of web surfing, music via iTunes & video playing. Not to mention few layers in Adobe Photoshop CS3 strains it to an extent that it becomes almost unusable. I've planned an upgrade which was something like that:- 1-Buy an iPad 2 3G 32/64Gb for research work, reading my technical pdfs which includes lab manuals & text books, web surfing and music purpose.; and 2- Later buy an iMac 21.5" as soon as I get enrolled for Ph.D and start to receive my fellowship. The reason I considered iMac 21.5" as a later option was that Apple is giving much better hardware specification as compared to current baseline Macbook Pro 13" and at the same price tag. (62000 Indian Rupees for MBP 13" but 57000 for iMac 21.5") Also iMac comes with a dedicated gfx card as compared to MBP base model which I think will be a real benefit in gaming and Photoshop. I want ur opinion on my plans of upgrade. ->.Is it good getting an iPad for portability and iMac for some serious work like photo and video editing? or should I just opt current Macbook Pro 13" with i5 and 8gb RAM? -->. Can iPad be a good device for reading technical books, writing documents (don't worry I'm not considering writing research paper on it), preparing and delivering presentations, and web surfing till I get my iMac? I do a lot of Film & digtal photgraphy also and learning post processing with Photoshop CS3 right now and will be buying a Canon 550D too so that mean in few months I'll be editing RAW files and 1080p videos too. To sum-up all my requirements I do Photoshop, Documents/Report writing, Pdfs (Text books, Research Papers, Lab Protocols), presentations, Web surfing, Music and Movies. Thanks in advance!