Being waaaay behind the times on these items, I have NONE of the above but am gearing up to make a purchase very soon. I would appreciate your opinions and any additional thoughts on the following decision I am debating: Either an iPad (original issue or iPad 2 - open to debate/suggestions) or a Kindle or Nook plus an iPod Touch. Basic use: - Listen to podcasts - Download and read books - I'd love to be able to read .pdfs and other document formats as well - General web surfing (facebook, forums, news sites) - Some music once in a while, but not the primary use - It would be great to view instructional or educational videos, but I'm not much of a movie watcher on these devices so I won't likely need that It would be great if I could also use the device as a contact manager and to manage my schedule (both personal and work appointments). I do not need an iPhone (mainly because I do not want the added expense of the contract at this time). I've narrowed it down to the iPad which would allow me to do all of this or either the Kindle or the nook + an iPod touch. I just don't know enough about each of these devices to make the proper comparison. It would be great to hear opinions from someone who has used all platforms... *** I'm leaning toward getting a 16 GB iPad 1 at the killer price of $399 while they last... (and probably looking for someone to talk me into the iPad 2 32 GB ) Thanks for any and all advice!