Forgot to mention two more things that make an iPad appealing to me:
On-site photo back-up – On an important photo shoot or on vacation, it’s nice to be able to back-up your photos right then and there to avoid losing everything. Many expensive devices that range from $200-800 do this now, but they all have relatively small screens (largest is 4 inches). You can review all your photos nearly full size which is great when you don’t want to bring a full laptop to tether the camera to.
Drawing/ White board – The various doodling apps on the iPhone are interesting, but you really need more screen real estate to make it worth your time. At the very least it makes for a neat portable white board.
The E-PL1 was officially revealed last night and is the third camera in the Olympus E-P line. It’s designed as the entry level model, but it has features that the two upper-tier E-P cameras lack. I was a satisfied E-P1 owner for many months, eventually upgrading to a Panasonic GH1 for practical reasons such as better HD video and faster performance (The E-P2 was not that much of an upgrade).
The GH1 is fairly compact, but not as small as the E-P cameras and the E-PL1 is the smallest yet adding to its appeal. Priced at $599 (the original E-P1 sold for $799), it’s very tempting. I would have to sell my smallest compact camera, the Canon S90, to fund it and I’m not sure if that is a good trade-off in features at this point.
The list of potential purchases for March now consist of the iPad, E-PL1, Yakuza (PS3), God of War III (PS3), Toy Story 1 & 2 (Blu-ray), and Yojimbo & Sanjuro Criterion collection (Blu-ray). There is only so much older items I can sell off which will dictate what new stuff I can afford.