My 18-y/o brother's (I'm 20) aging 2003 Dell Dimension computer running Ubuntu bit the dust several weeks ago, and it's pretty much been up to me to help him find a suitable replacement while he finishes saving up money to pay for it. For the most part thus-far, I figured I'd just build him a middle-of-the-road tower, but a few days ago an idea popped into my head: get him an iPad.
Allow me to explain. When it comes down to it, his demands for a computer are really modest, and just the fact that he was able to get by with the Dell Dimension is a testament to that. His needs: being able to access Facebook and all of its features, having some way to upload pictures / videos from his digital camera onto the internet, sending email messages and being able to watch videos on Netflix and Youtube. That's pretty much it. While the vast majority of his gaming is done on our PS3, access to flash games is a plus, but not necessary. It sounds like he's going to be working full-time for the next year or two, and won't be attending college anytime soon, so he won't have to write any term papers or anything like that, although some decent word processing capability and the ability to print to our (non-AirPrint) wireless printer would also be appreciated.
I brought the idea up to him and he seems to think that it's a really good idea, especially with how active he is. Dad thinks we're crazy. So... would the iPad 2 be a good candidate for him or would he need a full-fledged x86 PC to suit his needs, and if the former, would you recommend the 32 or 64gb model?