Why would you expect a camera or GPS on a device that doesn't fit in your pocket?Front facing camera for Skype or Google Talk. GPS because with unlimited 3G data, google earth/maps based navigation with a large high res screen would be nothing short of fucking awesome.
The front-facing camera would be cool for both those things, I suppose. I have one on my netbook. I don't use it, mind you, so this isn't an issue for me .. but I can see how it fits the product.
GPS is available with the 3G model. It is the same GPS as found in your iPhone and most cell phones .. meaning, it'll do but it isn't great. I prefer using an external GPS unit with bluetooth connectivity.
Lack of flash .. I'll be shocked if that isn't addressed by launch. The iPhone has it .. they run the same apps .. and Apple knows that it is necessary for an ideal (or even average) web experience.Despite owning one, Flash on the iPhone is news to me... Please, where can I download it? Safari won't let me install the Adobe plugin.
Right. Sorry, this was my mistake. I have flash on my iPhone and I forgot that it is not a native app. You can install it through Cydia or Rock.
Stylus / handwriting .. meh .. I haven't written anything longer than a note to my gf or signing cheques since I left school. Not important to me.All tablets have it, and it's not just for writing, it's awesome for drawing, designing...
Sure .. and if you want that, you're out of luck. Like I said, it isn't important to me
As for .mkv ... well, lacking one container format isn't going to kill me. I haven't even seen mkv since I stopped watching anime.Every HD TV show and movie I download (I don't watch realtime TV anymore) is MKV encapsulated H.264, which represents about 150~300GB a month for me. It would be really nice if I could transfer those files to this device like I can with my notebook and tablet PC.
Well, again, if they don't support that, I guess you're out of luck.
This product does a lot of what I want and at a price that I can afford .. none of which makes me a 'mactard'.
The disadvantages that *I* see with the product:
Lack of native Flash. I'll have to wait for it to be jailbroken ... probably take weeks.
Battery. Again, Apple screws us with batteries that the user can not replace.
Lack of multitasking. This may or may not be an issue .. depends on the use to which you put the device.
Lack of expandable storage / memory. Apple really needs to stop this.