#1: Clearly, there was not a woman on the development team. Already all the the “feminine hygiene” jokes have been made, and I am quite confident that a woman on the team would have suggested the “problem” with the iPad name. But beyond that, note that this intro is a bunch of white guys.
#2: I still await a device where I can store, read and make notes on PDFs. I think. As I have commented/posted about before, I don’t read that many “trade store” books of the type you’d read with iBooks or Kindle, but a device where I could access the piles and piles of marked-up PDFs of journal articles I use to teach would be very VERY useful to me. I don’t think this does that yet. On the other hand, since this thing is tied to the open-source ePub platform, I suspect that there will be some way to convert PDFs relatively easily relatively soon.
#3: I think this is more of a “netbook” than it is a giant iPod. I say that because you can add a keyboard and because the keyboard that’s built in for stuff seems pretty workable, and also because I think you’d use this pretty much the same way you’d use a netbook: some surfing, some reading, watch some movies, some email, some facebook, some games, etc., etc., all in a very portable package. Every situation I can imagine using a netbook would be a good one for the iPad, I think. Or maybe the iTouch is just a tiny netbook.
#4: I’m pretty sure I want one. And I am also willing to be one of the first kids on the block with one at this point, even though I am well-aware that something much better will come out in about a year. I want to play around with it and do some more research first, but the $500 entry-level price point surprised me. Anyway, do me a favor and talk it up as a good idea with my wife.