The main issue I have with my iPad is still typing. It's a PITA. Easier than my iPhone but still not as easy as a laptop. I might consider a 13-14" light laptop or a netbook instead simply because you could type easier. If you don't plan on typing a lot then an iPad is great. I went on a week long trip to my in laws in April and brought my laptop as well. I ended up only ever using my iPad. But I kept any emails I typed short.