My wife really, really wants one. I'm a little skeptical, but I find myself leaning more and more towards getting one. If I were to get one of these, I can totally see myself using it for my lecture notes. I do everything in OmniOutliner and then print the notes out on 5x8 notecards, which then go into a Levenger junior circa notebook
. It would be nice just to pull up the notes I need on an iPad and get to work.
I can also see this as a way for me to wag around PDFs of Google Books
around instead of printing them out, which is what I do now.
I can also see this giving my Nook a run for its money.
I don't know that I would use such a gadget for sustained document creation, mostly because I don't like or use Pages. But we'll give it a good, hard look. like I said, my wife wants one; we'll do our best to share.
The wailing and gnashing of teeth is pretty funny, to me. A few years ago, I was in London and was only able to access the internet on my iPaq PDA. When I got home, I really started to rethink my needs in a portable device. Why was I spending so much money on a laptop when 95% of what I do was web surf, type documents, answer email, and watch movies? I got a Nokia N800 and a bluetooth keyboard and found that I was able to do most of what I needed to do without much hassle (email, web, video, commenting on student papers, etc). Then I got an iPod Touch, which replaced my N800 entirely. I have a little Dell Mini 9 Netbook running Mac OS X 10.5.
But we'll see. It may be that I can live with Pages and a bluetooth keyboard and get just about everything I need to done. For me, it'll really hinge on how RTFs move back and forth from Pages to Nisus Writer Pro. I have been well and truly screwed by documents not transferring properly.
But I think, like Steven Frank, that Apple is really trying to move us into New World computing: an app-centric, hidden file system, natural and intuitive UI where the user doesn't need to learn anything.
What cracks me up about the reviews is this: every review that I've read where the person has actually used it is glowing.
Originally Posted by addabox
So is it just the fierceness of iPad talk that draws you out? Speaking of which, I remember you talking about wanting a coffee shop machine, maybe kinda like this.
What do you think? Useful for your needs, or no (I mean, as far as you can make out, from here)?