Good evening fellow MacRumorians! Let me start off by saying I'm currently Android guy. I love my Android phone. I love the openness, the customization, and the little things (like having real widgets). I love the integration with Google services (I use GMail and GCal). But, so far at least, I don't love the tablet offerings. To say Android phones have taken off is an understatement. To say Android tablets have sputtered is likewise an understatement. I'm not sure why - maybe it's simply that decent Android tablets are just recently coming on the scene and Honeycomb / ICS are still relatively new - but the ecosystem on the tablet side is severely lacking. Native Android tablet apps are few and far between. So I find myself considering an iPad 3 (whenever it is released). But I have questions I am hoping you can answer! 1. What's the deal with iTunes? Obviously to copy over music and such, but other than that, why does the iPad need iTunes? On my Droid, I do everything on the device itself (buying apps, OTA updates, etc) and it is all linked up to my Google account. Do you still need your computer + iTunes to do certain things on the iPad, or was that in "the old days"? 2. How well do Google services work? I understand I can set up GMail, Contacts, and Calendar to sync via the Microsoft Exchange settings. How well does this work? Is it seamless and two way (e.g., add an event on iPad and it appears on GCal and vice versa)? Note I'm not really a GMail power user - I don't use a bunch of labels and such - I just want seamless two way syncing that is automatic, ideally without using a bunch of IMAP settings (which inevitably seem to screw up my GMail inbox with weird labels and such). 3. What's the current state of iOS multitasking? For example, can I have an IM program connected in the background (not asleep or suspended, but active and connected so I will receive incoming messages) while I surf the web and listen to music? 4. How do you (honestly) find the web without flash? I'm not worried about flash video - more web sites that make heavy use of flash web elements. While I can see a flashless iPhone, not having it on a tablet always struck me as silly... that said, Adobe is dropping support for Android too, so soon it'll be a non-issue anyway I guess! 5. How is the browsing experience overall? Is it more like a computer or a phone? Don't get me wrong, my smartphone is great at browsing the web - but there's still some sites that don't work quite right. I'd like a tablet to be as good at browsing as my laptop. 6. Do features like the Notification Center work the same way on iPad as they do on the iPhone? Thanks in advance for your input!!