Originally Posted by sequitur
That's my point. I don't know the difference. What does the iPad do that the MBA doesn't and vice versa?
The iPad runs apps from the app-store. It runs one app at a time (there is multi-tasking, but you can only see/use ONE app at a time except for maybe having music playing in the background.)
The iPad will just not DO all the stuff a "real computer" will do... the Air will (it IS a full-fledged computer.)
The iPad can't do video editing and audio editing (except for very basic cropping), file transcoding, bittorent, etc ... it's document-creation capabilities are nice, but very limited compared to OSX or Windows.
The iPad cannot have multiple "windows" open at one time allowing YOU to multitask. It just can't. You can't be downloading a file from your friend, while Skype-ing with your grandma, while arranging a new playlist in iTunes, while writing a report/spreadsheet for your boss/business/schoolwork, while also checking out the latest video on your favorite porn site. You're only gonna be able to do ONE of those things at a time with the iPad... or all at once with the Air.
The iPad is great, I wouldn't go back to a laptop for traveling because the iPad works for ME. I know a lot of people who wouldn't be able to do their "work" though without also having a laptop with them.
So the question comes down to: What do you wish to do with this new mobile device you're considering?