Re: tablet advice
If you already have an Android phone I'd get a Samsung Tablet, they are cheap, wide spread, we have them at work, they are about half the price of an iPad.
However if you aren't that invested in Android an iPad is the clear winner. For what you'd use a tablet for the apps and hardware are better on the Apple. That's comparing the the latest Samsung tablets, I will admit I haven't used any of the ASUS or Motorola tablets.