Ok, ok...you have a point there about reading documents. I'm going to want that also. I've been reading heavily about the hp tablets the past few hours. I still don't want either your old one or the newer one. Battery life is too short and it's still pretty big. Plus, I really predict me not using this much anyway, so the power and flexibility is lost on me. Once again, I am pointed towards the ipad. But the apple-resistance is strong in me. I don't want to do it...there's too much I hate about apple's stuff.
I'm becoming more clear on what my preferences are:
--I'm convinced whatever I get is only going to be the gadget that temporarily holds me over until a really good, consensus top pick tablet (ipad-killer) comes out. So, assuming I'm not going to take it seriously, I may as well get the item that I have the most fun with. That comes down to my previous main uses: web browsing, reading documents, music, video, note taking. done.
--also, I was thinking about my typical day, and there simply aren't many times where I will be using an alternative computing device. During a normal week, 90% of my time is either at home or work, where the pc is supplied. In the cases where I'm not at work or home, I am not in situations where using a computer is appropriate. Very rarely am I just sitting or waiting around if not at home or work. So, once again, the device doesn't have to be all that powerful or flexible.
--Now, the weekends are a different story. I will be out of my house a lot, not at work, and I will be in situations where having a portable computer will be handy. How often? Maybe 2-3 hours per weekend, which is enough to make me care.
So, how about this: I get two new toys instead of one. A netbook and perhaps the Sony x-series walkman? The Toshiba mini NB305 gets great reviews, and I like the 6-hour battery life while being able to enjoy a full pc experience. I also want to try the new jolicloud OS. Stuff like that would hold me over until a really good tablet came out.