I really like that new MacBook Air, it's got instant on that works just as quickly as the iPad. The only things keeping me from buying it are the lack of backlit keyboard and the battery life. I could get an entry level 13" MacBook Pro for the same price, and then spend $200 upgrading to a 128GB SSD and end up with a more powerful machine and more battery life than the Air, and a backlit keyboard.
Yep, I was thinking the same thing. And really the MB Pro is not all that big.
However, I have read that Apple's SSD is not all that great... So if I go with a MBP I will likely get it with regular HD then shop for a decent SSD at a good price. Maybe even ebay the included HD (I always say that and never do lol).
Yup, I will likely be buying a MacBook Pro in a couple months and upgrading it to a 128GB OCZ Vertex II SSD. It's the same one I have in my desktop and it's getting excellent reviews for speed, and only runs about $200.
I would buy a small non-powered USB enclosure to put the original hard drive in and carry it around with me. The 2.5" hard drive would be pretty easy to carry around.