easy child's laptop is 4 years old and looks every minute of it. She's missing keys, it's crashed twice, just worn out. It's time for her to get something new, but she's not sure what to get. She wants to spend $500 or less and she's looking at one of those little 10" easy child Netbooks and the iPad. She uses her computer primarily for school work & surfing the internet. She's dazzled by the endless tasks that an iPad can do, in particular that she can download and read books, instant messaging, surf the net, and also use as a word processor. However, the iPad needs to be either plugging into another computer to recharge or she would have to buy a wall charger for an additional $30. Also, does anyone know if a printer can be used with the iPad? Practically speaking, she's looking at a laptop. She said can even get a regular sized laptop for about $500. The iPad would bring her up to approximately $560 with the accessories needed whereas a Netbook would be ready to go - all she'd need is a protector case. difficult child has a 10" Netbook and she loves it because it's lightweight and fits in her hand bag - it goes with her everywhere. Eventually easy child will also need to get a printer, but not yet, and those are relatively cheap anyway. So, any and all input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!