I weighed everything up (apple mac laptop versus ipad) and took the plunge. I bought my IPAD yesterday and I love it. Thank you so much for leaving your comments and emails. It really did make it easier for me to make my decision. Lovely Brooke over at the fabulous Velvet and Linen (you really must check out her blog if you haven't already - she and her husband Steve are so talented) emailed me saying how handy her IPAD was on her last trip ie she used it for getting directions, finding hotels, restaurants and antique shops. I am sure I will love my ipad more if I could drag it away from my youngest!!! Have a happy week.