In almost every "should I buy an iPad" or "should I replace my laptop with an iPad" thread or conversation on the street, there is always a hater saying that the iPad is no good for content creation. I'm officially calling BS on that opinion, at least regarding the way I personally use a computer. When the original iPad came out, I thought it was cool, but wrote it off as not being sufficient for communication OR creation. I write music on my computer, and I edit/encode/burn video projects such as slide shows for weddings, etc. I use Office very little, but do still need it sometimes. I figured in most cases, I would still need my computer for my AV projects as well as for creating documents. I couldn't have been more wrong. Just the other day, our realtor was here to go over what we needed to get done in the house before putting it on the market. I used Pages to make my notes and to do list, and e mailed a copy of it to my wife so we could work from the same thing. In between typing I would flip over to the Realtor.com app to look at property listings she was suggesting. I think she wanted an iPad by the time we were done. A few days later, I decided it was time to learn how to use GarageBand. I had bought it after the iPad 2 launch and had never bothered with it. I am a trained musician and I will admit that it has a lot of limitations, but the app is $5.00 and I can overlook its shortcomings. Anyway, within minutes, I had laid down guitar, bass, and drums, and had my son singing into the built in mic (which works suprisingly well). I put some effects on his voice to make it sound trippy, and we had ourselves our first iPad cut. I was blown away, and I can see how non musicians could create things just as well as I could, even without any training. This weekend I am in charge of the slide show for my wife's grandmother's 80th birthday. I just put all the scanned pictures on my iPad (yes, I still needed a computer for that part) and put the whole slide show with music and transitions together on my iPad using iMovie. Sent it to my camera roll, transferred it to my tower, and voila. It's burning to DVD right now. (Yes, I needed a computer for that too.) But at the party this weekend, I get to say I used my iPad to put the whole thing together and didn't need stupid Windows Movie Maker. I guess what I'm saying is that I do not regret selling my laptop. I still need my tower for music notation until the software I use has an iPad app (rumor is that it's in the works), and I still need my backups to run at night, but for everything else, iPad is getting the job done. My tower has almost been reduced to a server/disc burner. And for all the things my iPad does, it fits in my backpack and weighs almost nothing. Does the camera on the iPad suck? Yes. I would always use my iPhone 4 or another camera to TAKE video for projects. It's good enough for video chat though. Does the syncing suck? I guess so, but it's going to go away soon in iOS 5. iPad has its shortcomings, but in most ways, it's the real deal. A complete package. Months into owning one and it's still blowing me away. I also had a very revealing experience on Sunday--I was looking at Groupon and saw a great deal for a camping package. I flipped over to Google Maps to see how far it was from our house, flipped over to FaceTime to ask some friends if they were interested in going, and then was right back on Groupon to buy the package. It just doesn't happen that smoothly on a normal computer. Most times I would rather just get on the phone or start texting and wouldn't even think about going to Skype because nobody is ever on it anyway. But my iPad made it about a 5 minute task from start to end. It was beautiful. I'm feeling the love.