Originally Posted by digitlnoize
Thoughts from a Medical Student:
As a professional student and techie, here's what I think:
1. If I can't take notes onto my books and insert pages of notes INTO my books, this thing is 100% worthless to me as a student. How hard is it?
2. I'd seriously like some better voice recognition AND voice "reading." This thing should be able to read my books or notes to me while I'm exercising or reading something else. Seriously. I don't have a lot of time, med school is hard. Please make my life easier.
3. Hulu would have been nice.
4. I don't really care about lack of multitasking. If you use well designed iPhone apps you don't notice it. The only example people seem to be able to give me is Pandora + Web browsing...I can browse and listen to iTunes songs simultaneously, so who needs crappy Pandora?
5. More video support would have been nice. I've heard there's no .mkv support. True?
6. Camera-Shmamera. I have cameras. If it had one, it'd just suck like the iPhone one anyways. If I need a camera, I'll use one. Like I need to be Skyping from Starbucks while I'm trying to read, anyways...sheesh. That's what phones are for people!
7. GPS would have been nice. Maybe it'll be in the 3G enabled versions.
Until I'm able to take notes on my books, I will NOT be getting one.
Lots of good points + and -, but on the books front, it seems (through McGraw Hill etc) that text books are a major push for the iPad so i doubt that annotation will be a problem - as you say - crazy to have it without that. With the right format, people could sell annotation for major books
If it is not there immediately, it will be in time for next year's back to school.
User facing camera would have been nice but a front facing one would be ridiculous - as you say, worst camera ergonomics ever!
It has the skyhook faux gps which is fine in urban areas generally.
As you also say - multitasking is way overrated - nice but costly for battery (see Droid)
Doubt they will ever offer .mkv since this is primarily the pirates' choice for HD torrents - it has no other broad legitimate uses unless you can enlighten me.
PS That's why I love my WD Media player since it can do the .mkv thing