I just got back from a two week trip to Europe. I wanted to share a couple of things regarding my experience with the iPad I played Plants vs. Zombies for basically the whole time we flew from Paris to Washington. I played it a little more while flying from Washington to California and also watched a movie. I still had around 30% battery life when we got home. I went through a few charging cycles before the iPad battery performed as expected. I read other threads regarding this before actually getting and iPad and it turned out to be accurate. Having the iPad in the evenings to play games or watch a movie in the hotel before falling asleep was awesome. Based on a recommendation in another thread, I signed up for Boingo international unlimited roaming plan to use during the trip. It worked very well. I was able to get online easily in the airports and other places. There was only one memorable place it didn't work. In the hotels that only had Ethernet internet access, I would connect my MacBook and then turn on internet sharing. The iPad would connect via Wi-Fi through the MacBook. It worked perfectly. I had a clear protective film put on the front and back of the iPad. I also used an Incase Protective Cover. The case is heavy but has a nice feel and is thick to protect the iPad. Having both the film and the case allowed us to enjoy using the iPad without being paranoid about scratching/damaging it. I would sync photos from the trip to the iPad and then scroll through them and choose which ones to post to MobileMe while laying in bed. I could do this from the MacBook but it felt more natural and easier to do it from the iPad for some reason. Along with everything else the iPad can do, it's a superb gaming platform. I believe Steve Jobs is correct that the iTouch and iPad, etc will succeed in the gaming market. For us, the iPad has a comfortable seat between the MacBook and iPhone. I'm glad we purchased an iPad.