Okay! So, my friend currently has just an iPod Touch. He's been saving money, and saving money and finally has just over $1,300. (doesn't have a job) Since I love Apple , he depended on me to make HIS decisions! I don't want to lead him in the wrong direction. His choices are as follows: MacBook Pro iPad 3 (when it comes out) and a Windows Laptop What he needs it for: school essays / homework fun (games) internet fooling around experience I know that the MacBook Pro will be better for school work, but what about the laptop (Windows)? I think the iPad and laptop would be better 'cause the iPad is portable, but than again, the Mac would probably last though / until college (currently, he is in 7th grade), where as the Windows will not last him THAT long. So, what should he do? *If extra details are needed, I'll be happy to provide them. **Sorry for the long story. Thought I needed to get most of it in. ***It will be his first BIG purchase. ****Thanks for ALL help!