First off, I apologize for any annoyance in this being one of 'those' question threads that some may deem silly, but I have a lot of information to back up my question, so I hope that makes it more understandable. I'm torn between either snatching up an original iPad at the awesome refurbished price, or waiting until the iPad 2 hits shortly. I've never owned an iPad before due to monetary concerns (college student, etc etc). I've owned a fair amount of iPod's, loved them all. My best Apple product memory ever was my iPod Touch (3rd Generation), but after around five months of owning it, it was stolen from me and never recovered. I missed it and still do, so much! Now I have a bit of money put aside and I can just barely afford the iPad 2 on launch day, but the refurbished would of course be much easier on my wallet. What I want to use the iPad for: - I'm a culinary student, so I want to use a full featured recipe manager, write recipes and read associated blogs/websites/etc. I see myself taking this to school to take notes on and utilizing drop box to manage my homework/important documents sync'd up between computers. - I'm a gamer, though I do the majority of my gaming on a console or my PC. I'd love to play some of the RPG's and other games on the iPad though. I worry with the original iPad I'd get left behind and newer and better games would come out I couldn't take advantage of. - I love books, but I really enjoy the price point of books available on the iPad and would do a ton of reading. - Last but not least, I'm a proud geek. So I adore the manga reading applications, anime viewing/streaming applications, etc. I'd want to watch a rather large amount of anime and other shows on it. The HDMI out seems amazing for managing my media... so not having the full featured HDMI out is worrying me. This side of me is the side that is making it even harder, due to not wanting to buy the 'old' tech, when the new tech is about to launch. Silly, I know. So, with all of that background... would you either steer me towards the iPad 2, or the original with some money leftover? Thanks for reading!