Honestly, To each His or Her own! Personally, I would chose the iPad! I enjoy the ease of navigation, everything always at your fingertips. The iPad is always on so you never have to wait for a boot up. It has endless possibilities with all the app's available via iTunes. Great screen resolution. Great web surfing, movies, music...all with a touch. Very portable, great battery life. I will never go back to a standard laptop. I only wish the iPad was Flash compatible! Hope this helps!