SSD: well people say that in a 15'' laptop there will be no separate bay to add a SSD, so that I have SSD + HDD.
Video related, as far as integrated graphics, people say that the AMD A6 series are a better choice than the i3 since the integrated A6 graphics > HD 4000.
On the other hand, if the i3 sandy bridge would be a longer lasting proc than the A6, even, then I would go for that, without regard to the video/game performance.
Pretty much all laptops come with just one HDD bay for either a HDD or SSD but not both at the same time. The only way to do that is to have one internal drive and one hooked up externally.
Yes the intregrated graphics on the APU is better than the I3's integrated graphics. If all you are using is integrated graphics you would be better off with the APU. If though graphics don't matter or you are planning on using a dedicated graphics card you would be better off with the faster I3.
I'd say that the A6 is a better solution in a desktop, but I'm unsure about a laptop. The great thing about the A6 is that it's a processor that typically runs very cool.
This give you a lot of leniency in Overclocking. With decent airflow and a aftermarket cpu cooler I was able to Overclock my a6-5400k from a 3.6/3.8(turbo) to a 4.5 with a XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283.
And at a great budget price of $38. http://starmicroinc.net/-p-2834.html
Consider a super budget desktop and I'd say it's a better processor (after Overclocking and tweaking your rig) than the Ivy core i3.
SUPER OLD post, but I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents anyway.
Not sure what you could do with the A6 in a laptop, but It's a processor that has treated me well for the price of a cheap dinner.