Good day! I have posted on other sections of MacRumors, but feel I have expressed myself wrongly on the subject, or have beem misinterpreted. As such, I am trying to post this time in the most objective, clear, and concise way I can (and also, maybe the best section to do it). I am a 4th year Medical Student from Portugal, with a high chance of acquiring an iPad 2 (16 GB, Wi Fi) for free. Assuming I do, my basic question is if I should keep the iPad 2, or sell it in order to get a laptop (13'' MBP/MBA). Now, some background: I have a 4-year old Sony Vaio laptop. Being a 2 GHz C2D with 2GB of RAM laptop, it's enough for creating presentations and essays. It does e-mail, web browsing, Youtube and chat very well. As for gaming, it struggles a bit (NVIDIA 8600M GT), though I am not much of a gamer anyway (I estimate a 320m is more than enough for my gaming needs: PS2 and Nintendo DS emulation being the toughest of those, and only occasionally). Being 3 Kg heavy and having a 1h battery life, it's definetly not portable either. I do have some (laggy) computers at my faculty. Now here is the thing: I WILL be getting a Macbook Pro/Air 13'' in the future. I cannot keep using this 15'' monster, which has needed repair more than once while in its warranty period. I am desperatly looking foward to switching laptops. Question is more about "when" than "if". The reason I'd like a powerful laptop is also because I want to start learning how to edit image/video, and start creating my own songs (I studied music for more than 10 years) using a MIDI Keyboard. As such, the question that arises is: how good is an iPad 2 for a medical student? If I sell the iPad 2 I could probably buy a MBA/MBP in 5 or 6 months. If I don't, it'll probably take me 13 months to change laptops. (these are all estimates considering my current income). Would you say the iPad 2 is worth those extra 7 months of wait? (Note that I'd still be using my laptop at home, specially when it concerned Essays or Presentation creation. I foresee the iPad to be far more useful outside my home than inside it, albeit I have read some interesting articles regarding its ease of use for browing and such.) A few more questions to make the decision easier: How do you use your iPad 2 in your faculty? How does it help you with note-taking and presentations? How does it help you with studying and research? How is reading eBooks or PDFs on it? What do you do on it that you'd rather have/not have a laptop for? Would you say it has made your life substancially easier, or that it is simply a "luxury"? And, in particular for medical students, how has been your experience with the iPad and why/why not would you recommend it? Thanks to everyone for your feedback! P.S. For those whose answer might depend on the kind of gadgets I have... the only other gadget I have is a 600 MHz 3.5'' Android Smartphone!