All that aside, I find the iPad interesting, at least as a concept. I am unlikely to buy that specific product from Apple. The cost is actually OK, as far as I can tell, but...
- I hate ATT as a network provider. (And no, Verizon isn't any better. Currently I'm on T-Mobile, which has much better customer service than either. Their network, I know, isn't nearly as good, but then again I don't travel all that much, so it's OK for me.)
- It has no multitasking.
- Battery life may not be long enough to be a good e-book reader.
Imagine something of the general size and shape to the iPad running Chrome OS or a similar Linux variant. (Such a device needs a lightweight OS, not Windows or MacOS, but something specifically designed for this environment.) It should have a good integration with the Internet - essentially providing a cloud computing environment - but I also want both local data storage and locally run applications.
Being fanless is important to me. My existing laptop is just fine until I am sitting in a quiet room trying to think and the fan clicks on because FireFox is using too much CPU. That's deafening and silly.
I also want a customer replaceable battery. I know that will add to cost, weight, and thickness, but it's simply a requirement.
I just read a rumor that Google and HTC may be working on a tablet style computer. That's what actually made me write this. That's a device I'd love to see, and if they did a good enough job I'd buy it.
This is all just idle speculation on my part, but the age of the tablet computer may be coming. I look forward to seeing what it looks like.