I have a friend who is going to Laysan Atoll, it is a very remote land mass in the middle of the Pacific. It is part of the Hawaiian chain, but about 800 miles away from Honolulu. My friend will be there for 8 months as an environmental specialist. He will have electricity and a satellite phone for emergencies. He'll be able to send simple text emails. So he technically has access to the internet, but just not as his leisure. So let's say for all intents and purposes, he doesn't have internet access. And therefore he won't be able to update via iTunes. He won't be alone on the atoll, there are 4-5 other people on the job too. I was wondering what your thoughts are about him getting an iPad to help him not go crazy while he's on the atoll? I was thinking it would be good so he'd have photos and videos of friends and family back home. Plus he could load up games, books, whatnot before he leaves to hopefully keep him occupied. He has a MacBook pro, but i'm not certain he is going to bring it. Is it a good choice to get him an iPad for the 8 months? Bad choice? Any other alternatives you suggest? I've already thought of portable DVD players, portable video game systems (Nintendo DS, PSP), books (electronic or paper).