My husband will be leaving for Iraq in just a few months and he will be gone for 8 months. Our dilemma is that we are trying to find some sort of all-in-one technology or a combination of technology that ISN'T going to break the bank, but will allow him and us to do the following: Talk using some sort of video chat, have access to the internet, have access to PDF files so he can study his manuals (rather than lug the big things along with him), and lastly, be able to read books (some sort of E-reader). Does anyone have any suggestions? What has worked for you? After looking at all our options we THINK that it would work best for me to get an Apple i-phone and for him to get an Apple i-pad. That way we can have "face time" and talk, he can use apple's i-reader, he will have internet access, can dowload an app to translate pdf files, and can use skype to call family and friends who don't have the i-phone. This unfortunately is expensive...does anyone have any cheaper ideas?