Hey All, I am new to the IPad and still have yet to purchase it. I have been interested in the IPad since it first came out, but I do have to say I have been a MAC hater in the past. I have literally hacked every electronic portable item I owned and the IPad was so restricted that I just could not justify the price point based off of its limitations. I think with Jailbreak and some of the new items to be released, the IPad finally has the value I need. Not judging anyone elses decisions as it is different strokes for different folks. I wanted to give some background on myself so that users can give me some advice on what I should purchase and how to use it. - I commute 4 hours a day roundtrip. - I have a 2 year old son - I am a BIG movie person but have been watching movies on my commute with the PSP, looking forward to a bigger screen - I would like to use the IPAD as a portable XBMC (or similar Media Center) - I definately NEED HDMI out for my son at his grandma's house - I use to play video games and do so occasionally now a days on my commute if the game is good. Having said all that, I have some questions: 1- The new HDMA, can that only be used on the 4.3 firmware? 2- Does Apple support X264 and H264? 3- Would I have to Jailbreak to use XVID format? 4- How good is XBMC on the IPAD? Does it play higher res video? 5- With the HDMA Adapater, can I also use a SD reader with it at the same time? 6- Does the IPad recieve IR signals? IE: Can I just put my IPAD on my counter or use an IR Forwarder and use my IPad as a MC with a remote? 7- How is gaming evolving on the IPad? I saw Dead Space and was pretty impressed. I just wonder if this is going to be the norm or just games here and there. 8- For what I am looking to do, would it be better to get the Ipad1 or IPad2? BTW, I am pretty much looking to use this as a portable MC with some game capability. Other then that, is there a thread on here of cool stuff you could do with an IPad that you may not know of? Thanks all for the help.