I bought a Sony PRS-505 eBook reader two Christmases ago in an effort to find an easier and better way of carrying and using instrument approach plates, IAPs, in the plane. I subscribed to Reader Plates which packaged all the IAPs and AFDs into an easy to use format that was downloaded every 28 days. Although the screen size is a little smaller than the actual print IAP version, I found it very easy to use and a great asset in the cockpit.
I have been following the aviation uses of the iPad for a few months now and after selling some things on eBay and saving my birthday money, I finally made my purchase. I'm always looking for a way to save on purchases so I bought a refurbished iPad online from the Apple store. It was $50 cheaper than a new one, but it carries the same warranty, so why not? I still had to pay the sales tax, but it came with a new battery, outer shell, and free FedEx shipping from China. It actually arrived a few days earlier that forecasted.
ForeFlight Mobile 3 HD app. This program is amazing! I now have my IAPs and oh so much more. I now also have VFR sectional and IFR Enroute charts, a full AFD, flight planning & filing, weather images and forecasts, and more. The interface is very easy to use and you can easily zoom in and move around on any chart and approach plate seamlessly. I downloaded all the charts and IAPs so when airborne, I'll be able to easily access them even though I won't have a wifi connection. It only used a little over 4 GB.
leather case for it off Amazon.com and also installed an anti-glare screen protector on it. I like the case, but you really have to take your time installing the screen protector. It will show any little piece of dust that gets trapped underneath. Overall I think both accessories are pretty good and a must have to protect your investment.