I feel that most everyone here has a valid point, some expressing it more civilly than others.
A common theme that I am seeing here in some of the negative reviews is that this sub-notebook is being rated as though it were meant to be a catch-all people-pleaser capable of being a stand-alone device.
There are a lot of "what if's" involved in these port/drive arguements.
If the answer to even one of those "what if's" is yes, then one should do the logical thing and reconsider this as the device that meets one's needs.
Some of the more apt reviews praise its convenience in its purpose, and simply warn that it is most suited as a companion for travelers or for lighter users looking for simplicity, not for power-users.
Of course, this is more obvious, but some choose to pick and pick at "flaws" in design.
I get that price and ports and drives are all important.
There are other devices, like the MacBook, that meet the demands of all of the above. Even most Windows machines meet these demands. What the MacBook and the others don't meet is a form factor demand. Granted, it is not a huge difference in size and weight, but for some, it is.
I know that I am by no means a power user, currently. On the Black MacBook I borrow from my school, I may have the display set to about one third brightness, just so that I can see my typed words. I may only be using MS Word, and possibly iTunes, with headphones on, with WiFi off. And I still may only get about 3.5 hours out of it if I'm lucky.
Now, imagine if I applied these same circumstances to the MacBook Air. I am guessing I could probably get near, if not more than the 5 hours of battery life promised by Apple.
There is, of course, compromise: form factor > power draining features, as well as, price, to complicate the mix.
Anyone with a simple understanding of business can appreciate why the price is high for what is, admittedly, "less". Higher initial research and development cost paired with higher initial component cost begets higher price per manufactured unit cost, which ultimately means a higher retail cost for consumers.
For those who do not follow, the reason a MacBook with "more" is less expensive, is because its components are less expensive, and now that the initial development is over for that model, expense per unit goes down, which Apple then uses to use more updated components as their prices go down.
I think it is reasonable to assume that the MacBook Air will receive similar treatment, and will be appropriately updated when updated technology becomes less expensive.
Now, if anyone has learned anything from history, it is that today's flaws may be tomorrow's standards.
This device is a bit early for those who are not forward-thinkers. For those of who are, the constant bickering about ports and drives are irksome, to say the least.
Honestly, I don't think anyone has a problem with a view expressed well with supportive reasoning. A simple "It's not for me because I need [this] for [this certain reason]", or something similar, could even suffice. It is easier to respect an honest opinion than a blatant insult or exaggeration, and it attracts less negative response.
Individual opinion is great, but expressing it poorly without support, especially for more brazen statements, will only trigger anger and annoyance, in which case, the comments should just be omitted.
Other users, like anantksundaram, seem to hold my same sentiments in regards to this.
My opinion on the given topic was stated above with support, in a diplomatic manner.
I would hope that anyone with with even a high school education could do the same.
If not, don't post until you can, please.