First post, I already have a 2007 white macbook. I already have a desktop. I already have an iphone. My dad will give me $1800 to buy something from the apple store (maybe any store) Usage: Light things: Textbooks (ebooks), Browsing, writing essays, email... Heavy things: Video encoding, Final cut express -- can be done on my current macbook -- What should I do: 1. Get an ipad (and keep the $1300 left over) 2. Get a new i5 macbook For some reason, having two macbooks seems cool (I'm a geek) And the new one seems very fast. I'm thinking the ipad will be great for when I start college this year. I could use it to read my textbooks on (my textbooks are available in ebook format). Truly portable browsing/email would be fantastic. And tbh, the ipad just seems so cool. BUT, i don't know if the ipad purchase is just for the novelty factor. The macbooks pro's speed is pulling me in and I may not be able to take my powerful desktop with me to college. On the other hand, I don't do anything really resource intensive. I'm just a sucker for speed. Please advise me!