Having owned an iPad for several months, I have to say that it shone most when I was immobilized for one week in bed due to a spinal injury. It was the only thing I was able to hold in my hands without causing more excruciating jolts in my back, so I was able to communicate with the world via email and Skype. Now that I can again carry both daughters and the wife, the iPad has ended at its intended destination – as a birthday present to my 88 years old dad so he can enjoy its simplicity and responsiveness, sign on to Facebook and enjoy family pictures. I sometimes miss it and it’s made my iPhone screen look way too small (I also feel it’s time to move on from my iPhone, but more about that some other time). Also, my wife and I sometimes compete for the use of the new 13.3″ Toshiba Portege I wrote about in my previous post, so we obviously need one more machine, but the question is, should it be a cheap laptop such as the 15″ eMachines Celeron system which sells at Micro Center for $279 (I recommended one for my sister and she loves it), a netbook, or an iPad. I’m not thrilled by the eMachines Celeron resolution which is the same or similar as the 1366×768 on this 13.3 laptop, so it’s good for people who don’t see well, but pushing my eyes to practice more instead of getting lazy has kept me without glasses for all these years. I don’t want to buy anything now until I see what’s coming with MacBook Air and whether there are any good Android alternatives to iPad, but the question remains, should we go for the second laptop or an iPad/tablet? Ideally both, but that’s not possible – Suze Orman would forbid buying anything before I land a new job, however, I view buying new technology as an investment in my future, so again, what do we do? (Rhetorical question, but feel free to add to my dilemma). Note that the question is about a second laptop, as iPad stands no chance to be a valid first and only laptop replacement. Also if I didn’t have an iPhone or two with tons of pre-installed applications, the first iPad that I initially bought for my dad would have never made it into my home.