Hi, I just can't decide if I should get a Macbook or an iPad right now. My PC's screen just broke and I will need a new laptop right away. It will have to last 4 years or more! Here's the deal though. I can get an iPad for a very low price at eBay and hang around with my PC hooking it up to an external monitor. I won't be able to take any laptop to school in the meantime. People I know that have the iPad say they get more focused doing things. I need to get away from random browsing and read more, etc. Of course everyone mentions videos but I already have my mom's netbook for that kinda experience. I'd mostly read papers, books, and would like to read some comics too, while checking my facebook every now and then. I could get a cheaper Sony Vaio to go with it or wait and see if this year's MBA tops this year's MBP and, if it does, sell the iPad and buy a Mac (I seriously have just that inch over a grand). Just to give you an example from last weekend's family trip, it'd replace a full bag of laptop + books and comics! On the other hand, others have said the iPad is a piece of s### for college work and I'd spend my dough in a harder to resell toy. I also don't really appreciate having to hold it all the time and I wonder if it's ever that practical. Most IT guys profiled in The Setup blog say they haven't used theirs. So I could start transitioning to Mac right now and go for a MacBook instead. For price reasons, I'm sticking with the 13" Pro in clamshell mode. Though it looks on par with the MBA right now, the 200$ gap is significant (goodbye new Xbox!) and I would rather go for future proof. I'm always surprised to see how small the MBP really is, so I have no qualms with it fitting my backpack. I'm used to carrying a 15" so I think I'd be better off. Still, if I'm going to be dragging this thing around for a few years, isn't the MBA more appropriate? BTW, my uses are: -Lots of tabs open all the time, lots of flash video. -Some games from indiegames.com -Skype!! -720p video editing -Vector art for amateur webdesign (Illustrator) I'll be majoring in communication science. Thanks!!