Entering my fourth and final year of university doing an honors in philosophy. Normally I'm not down with iPad, given that I can already do everything it does with my iPhone and MacBook. However, it was brought to my attention that it would be extremely handy as a research assistant for all my papers; namely my honors thesis. Having all of my PDF articles on a tablet would be very very handy, especially for my 60 page honors thesis. It would also be very handy for travel, as my girlfriend and I travel a lot, be it by plane or car. However, I can't imagine using it for much else given my current tech. So yes, a tablet would be very handy, and if I were to get one it would be an iPad because of my familiarity with Apple products and their general reliability and ease of use. But I just can't justify spending that much money on something that I don't need, but rather will make my life easier for the next nine months. However! I have the opportunity to get a 1st gen iPad for 419.99 with a three year care plan half off if I want it. What do you guys think?