15% off at Guitar Center, coz of Black Friday; I've been craving for a portable instrument for a while now, and i do know that uke's and guitars are completely different instruments, and some might even say its uncompareable! However, can't a backpacker easily do what all ukes can? just put a capo on the fifth fret ?

Please don't get a backpacker. They sound truly terrible and are marginally more portable than a regular acoustic.