What about those little things like... say you're sitting in AP Prehistoric Northern American studies, you're bored as the chief of banana rice and you wanna play some QWOP.
iPad doesn't have flash. so you can't.
How about downloading some music without having to go through iTunes.
Or simply the freedom of having a USB port?
If you end up with a class that has a Textbook on a CD then you're screwed. If your study group has their power point on Dave's flash drive but everyone else forgets their laptops in their dorm then you're twice f-ed.
Now an iPad is nothing more than a bigass ipod and I understand that you can easily Remote Desktop into your gaming rig back at your room, but in the end how long can you last without certain hardware features?
Let me remind you... thats no Skype vid messaging, no VGA output for presentations to projector, no SD card reader for your camera in your Creative Photography Class and if you get an iPad you'd be compromising all of the above for slightly more battery life and an aluminum body.
Plus their expensive as heck.
What your really looking for ISNT a netbook, your looking for a low-medium end laptop that can do more than just basic functions. Go to best buy and pick one out they have a great selection of laptops with prices that cant be beat most of the time.