Anything else you there's too expensive/too buggy/lacking support/etc. A laptop would frequently be redundant, although it would be handy for working outside of the house. With the iPad, I will use it all the time both within the property and elsewhere.
I don't intend to store my music or a bunch of videos on this. Videos could be streamed, or added as-needed, and I rely on DropBox to store files - it lets me view and edit files between my desktop and my iPad.
* Part of the reason the iPad is perfect for travel is that it is possible to use it in any position, unlike a laptop, where you need to locate a seat.
* It won't ever got hot or overheat. Personally, I've had a couple laptops expire on me on account of overheating. You normally need to keep them on a firm surface so you do not block the vents. The iPad does not have these complications (I believe that the Macbook Airs similarly will in no way overheat). You no longer need to grab a tray or giant book to set your laptop on when employing it in bed.
All hype aside, the style, durability and capability of an iPad 2 is such that I would expect to pay far more. * Browsing the web is better on the iPad. At least, it generally is. It is certainly far better to take your iPad on the couch than to hunch over a laptop on the coffee table. Although the screen is small compared to a desktop screen, it is equivalent to working on a larger screen mainly because of how close you are going to be. Scrolling and navigating a webpage with your hand is a qualitatively better encounter than using the tools we've become accustomed to (mouse, trackball or trackpad). Moving the page around and adjusting the size of every thing by hand by no means gets old.
* Just like with my iPhone four, I rarely sync my iPad 2. I'm not a substantial fan of iTunes. I can sync occasionally to back-up my apps. I don't use iTunes to manage files (once more, I rely on Dropbox). Dropbox and Evernote are must-have apps on all my computers and portable devices.
I prefer the tabbed browsing, not having to switch windows. You can find some option browsers (I bought 360 Browser, which is beneficial), but Apple will not let me choose those as my default browser. I really wish Apple would loosen up so that Firefox or Chrome would be obtainable, and that one of those could be my default.
* As cool as the intelligent cover is, I spent my money on a wireless keyboard instead. I genuinely do not feel the smart cover is going to make a difference as long as I take other measures to safeguard my screen. I may perhaps skip the HDMI adapter too - it would be fun, but there is by no means a time that I will need to project my iPad on my HDTV.
In summary, in the event you believe you'd like it, you will probably adore it. If you are just kinda curious but content together with your present set-up, you may save your self the cash.