I have a 13" MBP 2008 (1st generation of aluminum body) with a busted screen. I had dropped it a couple years ago but at the time it only caused a bit of flickering once in a while. Now it has completely blacked out but the hard drive is fine and there is plenty of storage space remaining. My main concern is that I need something for creating simple documents for my job. I have been using Microsoft Word but am willing to try Pages or a different app. Also, I prefer OSX over OSi, and have a limited budget of $1000. So the question that I have is MBA 11" or some version of an iPad? It seems like a bit of a vague question without knowing all of my needs, but in general what are the merits and demerits of each. I'm leaning towards a MBA but if there is a way to use an iPad as a screen for my broken MBP then I 'd be open to that as well, considering that an iPad would be the cheaper option. Right now I am using an iPod Touch as my MAIN computer.