If you'll be doing more than a small amount of typing, I'd go with the laptop. I suppose experiences will vary, but I hate on-screen keyboards. I resent the fact that they take up like half the screen, it's a lot easier to make typos, and there's not even that same tactile feedback from an actual keyboard. I hate typing on my phone if I can avoid it.
So I would go with a laptop myself, and maybe add to that a Kindle for book reading. Laptop or iPad (or any other tablet really), that backlit screen is going to suck your battery dry pretty quickly, not to mention it's more conducive to eye strain for reading. So I'd pick up a Kindle for all your book reading needs. Nice thing about the Kindle is there's no backlight, so the battery charge lasts weeks to months. Plus, they really are not kidding in reviews when they say that the display is very close to actual paper. The drawback is refresh rates are very slow, but it really isn't as big an issue as you might think when reading a book. It's no more disruptive to the experience than flipping the page in a book.
Hi - I have a disabling illness which results in my being bedridden for extended periods. Mostly I rest but when I am able to function but am still not well enough to get up to our desktop comp I will use my iPhone for Facebook and get frustrated! With a tax refund coming my question is - what do I buy for use when bedridden - an IPad or a small laptop? Has anyone put together a Pros and Cons list or similar? I am leaning towards IPad as things that I use our desktop for (ie. all the full Office packages, Adobe stuff etc) my brain isn't switched on enough for me to use when bedridden - so I am likely to only want Facebook; Emails; Music; Books; News ... any suggestions / input appreciated!