[QUOTE=iGenius;1561071]I would like the ability to put files onto it directly from an external drive."
Again, it is possible to have any of the aforementioned "wireless technologies" to achieve this. I am sure others who are more familiar with existing technolgies may be able to help you learn more about them, if you wish to become more familiar with them.
Originally Posted by iGenius
I would like it to act as a portable external drive.
What a vision! What sort of files or applications do you want to carry around with you, for a short time, that will require more than 64Gb. [The latter is the initial offering of the high end of this portable device? In a year or two, we could not pre predict where flash memory might have attained. In comparison, my current 6yo G4 iBook computer only has 20Gb max disk storage and I have literally hundreds of thousands of files.]
"Bulk Storage" goes against the grain of server-portable devices in Enterprise ecosystems. Or for that matter, the direction towards cloud computing with respect to the multitude devices that can connect to the main servers.
In fact, it is even possible that in a few years mobile storage may not even be needed because of the ubiquity in internet or remote connectivity in conjunction with cloud computing. Storage redundancy may be needed only as security precautions, from hacking (a very great threat) or a security from natural (earthquake, flooding, etc.) or manmade calamities (twin towers during 9/11).
Mobile devices are meant to be used to store only those files that are intended to be dealt with transiently -- the unfinished project proposal that you want to bring outside the office, your contacts, etc. In fact, with proper security, you do not even have to store them, just connect remotely to the main servers.
Originally Posted by iGenius
... Apple's policy of not allowing customers to get the most out of their devices...
I am sure you heard of all those "140,000" Apple Apps even before the actual iPad is even available for mass consumption that you may tap initially. And more to come, with the introduction of "larger devices" like the iPad. And, if there is not enough there, if you are tech savvy, you may create your own -- submit your creation to be shared with others, and if not approved by the close system of Apple Apps, share your creation with the increasing number of Apple Apps for those who are willing to risk jailbroken Apple devices.
And of course, the iPad is more than just about Apple Apps.
Whether the iPad can become an Enterprise mobile device have yet to be established but cannot be proclaimed to be capable or incapable of being one at this stage. If I am not mistaken, the competing VHS/VCR technologies, has demonstrated that the more "advanced" of competing technologies may not always become the universal standard.
On the other hand, the current standards may need to be toppled or replaced at some point because newer converging technologies may no longer be compatible with established historical standards.
Thus, a prudent person would not want to be immoralized by absolute proclamations like that by Ballmer about the iPhone, or a more arrogant proclamation about the fate a company, like the one made by Micheal Dell. It may haunt you to your grave, or make a mockery of your "name" -- "I Genius". Indeed.