I received my iPad as a college graduation gift before heading to graduate school. The functions available - such as easy access to Google Drive and the simple-to-use iBooks app for PDF reading - makes it perfect for bringing to class and also for my personal use as a writer. Battery Life I don't use it very much for videos, mainly for reading and for browsing Facebook, and I like the brightness set low - I can get days out of a single charge sometimes. Weight Not too heavy, so it's easy to tuck into my bag for class. App Availability The App Store has plenty of good apps available - while I focus on the Google suite of apps, such as Gmail and Drive, I also love how easy it is to use iBooks when opening PDFs I've emailed to myself, and the selection of magazines on Newsstand is great, too. Durability I've had my iPad over a year and have had no issues - though since I've only dropped it once and only about 6 inches away from thick carpet, there's not much I can say on durability.