It appears that the iPad is somewhat dependent on a computer for synchronization of data, much like the iPod and iPhone. What if one was only using a computer for very casual stuff, pretty much limited to the things Steve talked about? iWork, web browsing, photos/movies/music, skype and mail. Would the iPad be able to completely substitue this? (Don't mention Flash, I am aware of the fact that it appears it doesn't support it) Flash aside, which downsides would I suffer by getting rid of my computer and buying an iPad? I currently have a 13" MacBook Pro at the moment ($1500 model), and though I absolutely adore it, I think it's a bit overkill. I watch a lot of ripped BD's on it, but that's the only "heavy lifting" it does. Could probably even rip them in a lower resolution for the iPad (with that screen, a HD movie the size of ≈1GB would look great). My motivation is also the fact that I'll be moving around a lot during the next two years (starting August), so ultimate portability is a priority. I assume it requires some sort of initial configuration with a computer, but will it be able to run independently from then on? Downloading updates without a computer etc.