How does the saying go? "The right way, the wrong way, and the Apple way"? No, I haven't tried that. But since I need iTunes to transfer anything to the iPad and I already installed it on all my computers, and since I already installed VLC on the iPad, I'll consider the movie transfer issue solved. However, beyond the test movie I played, I'm not using the iPad for movies. I find it uncomfortable to hold an 8" screen while in bed, which is where I watch most of my movies. And as I said above, the large screen means lower pixel density. Movies look much better on my G6 IMO. More like "every day carry" meaning any device or tool you carry every day. In my case my EDCs are: Leatherman Surge, Sennheiser Momentum BT headset, Energizer headlamp, Apple portable keyboard, and about 1kg of chargers, cables, and adapters. Oh, add an iPad 4 Mini to the mix. Yeah, I haven't figured how to check the files I download. Where's that pdf? Have to remember to open the Adobe Reader app, it will find and display it. But where in the 128GB storage is it? This is something that seemingly is not for mere mortals to know.