I have an iPad and the first gen Kindle. To me, the iPad serves the purpose of an e-reader, something to browse the web with, something to play games on, etc. It doesn't really replace my laptop, but it's basically replaced my Kindle. I love it for the things you mentioned. Plus, the iPad has a Kindle app and I can bring all my books over. I don't know the price point of the Android, but the iPad can run you around the cost of a cheap laptop, so if you think they'll need a laptop in a year or two, you may want to look into one now.