Is an iPad the Right Solution for My Family?

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Q: I have wanted an iPad since they first arrived on the market but have hesitated, wondering if it is the device that my family really needs. We have an old laptop about to die and we are now questioning whether we should move to an iPad. These are our needs:

Download and manage photos and videos from our cameras and iPhones, scan and store all my recipes, read the daily newspaper, browse the web, check email, download and read books, play games, stream movies. Obviously, some of these we can easily do with an iPad, but what about downloading photos and videos from our cameras, scanning my recipes...are we better off with a new laptop or is an iPad the way to go? Since our current laptop is almost dead, we won't have one if we get an iPad. Is that a problem too? I am confused — too many technology choices. One device would be soooo awesome.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.