A lot of threads give the impression that the iPad is merely a device for media consumption with a bit of word processing on the side. This is not my experience. At work I write and translate documents. The iPad gives me access to all the dictionaries and reference material I need, plus Google Translate should I require it. Of the six or seven apps I downloaded for writing I am using just two or three, which cover my needs, and the iPad is fast enough to switch between applications when I need to. The virtual keyboard does not slow me down, because I have typed quickly with two or three fingers for over ten years and am unlikely to change now. I have the iPad on a small wooden bookstand on my desk, which cost 10 euros. Most of the documents I deal with on a daily basis arrive via email, and I was pleased to see Apple lets me open them with virtually any of the apps I have installed. I can covert docs to pdfs and vice versa and annotate on any format, I am not worried about receiving documents I can't deal with. Between jobs I read or surf the net. I only need to use a laptop for converting video files to MP4, torrenting and printing, so I can stay on the iPad most of the time and not take both with me. All of my other material is in Good Reader. This is how the iPad has taken over from my HP 5101 netbook, which in turn substituted the laptop. The experience is more pleasant, the excellent battery life allows me to work in the café downstairs or anywhere else if I want to, and I like the fact that I don't need to tweak or configure anything in order to get things done. I'm not distracted by antivirus updates, java updates, Adobe updates, Windows updates, the battery meter or anything else. I sometimes record lectures and classes (I teach English, too), and the app I downloaded for the task is perfect. In my free time I am a writer and researcher and I study Chinese, so all the above applies to my leisure interests too.