One of the first Apps I bought for my iPad was Apple's Pages. And combined with a Bluetooth keyboard, I've found its a very nice little word processor. Perfect for those times I need to dash of a quick letter, or write a longer summary or report. But I've never thought seriously about buying Apple's spreadhseet App, Numbers. Which makes me wonder: Are spreadsheets obsolete for for the iPad? There's little doubt that spreadsheets "made" the personal computer. Starting with Visicalc, the spreadsheet was the "Killer App" - the must-have program that persuaded millions of businesses, and millions more consumers, that they needed to have a computer.(Don't forget, back in 1979 very few people had e-mail. And no one had heard of the Internet.) It made the Apple II. Just as Lotus 123 went on to make the PC. I've used spreadsheets a lot in my life. I can remember making all sorts of "what-if" tables, with various interest rates and down payments, to try to figure out what sort of car I could afford to buy. Later on I made a huge one to chart the inexorable, albeit slow, paying down of my mortgage balance. More recently, my main use seems to have been keeping track of a weekly "Pick-Em" NFL football pool - complete with a nifty Excel External Data Source routine that looked up weekly results from the NFL's website. But I really question if most normal people really need a spreadsheet these days. Especially on a device like an iPad. Its one thing if you are a financial analyst, doing "what-if" scenarios based on Eurodollar exchange swaps and the 6 month LIBOR. Its quite another if you just want to keep track of your household budget. There's an App for that... I'll probably always want some sort of spreadsheet on my personal (desktop) computer. If nothing else, its a useful tool to help teach yourself the rudiments of higher mathematics, and the beginnings of programming theory. But I just can't see myself ever buying a general purpose spreadsheet for an iPad.