My wife has a nook color. Once the rooting for Froyo is "stable", I'll be doing that. This seems to keep her happy right now in terms of a truely mobile consumption device (besides her HTC desire). However, her laptop is getting very long in the tooth (not even a C2D) and this needs to get replaced soon because even in my view it is getting slow. What I am looking for is a new laptop that is: 1. Sandy bridge based (we keep them for 3 years pls) 2. ~8 hours of run time 3. 15" 4. Fairly light (her current laptop is 6.5lbs) The other crap (webcam, video playback, etc...blah blah blah) should be fairly benign considering the current state of laptop HW. My budget is "flexible" ($800-$1500), but I'm looking into something like a high end sony vaio. The lower I keep it, the more money is availble for other toys. I'm not really sure who to aim towards for a laptop these days (1 year + dry spell in purchasing). We have always been a "dell house" for laptops/desktops since my family has had about 95%+ success rate (only one laptop out of about 40 machines has failed horrible after warranty) and I can force the 3 year warranty for a reasonable cost (which saves my sanity). Any instincts? Also..HP = No. My wife has a HP laptop for work and wants to hit her IT department with it.