Finally a reasonable response that does not make assumptions.
I agree with everything you say. Are their limitations? Sure. Should I expect a car with a 20 gallon tank to only be able to use 3 gallons of fuel per trip, then I need to refill the tank with 3 different gallons? Of course not, and I think you agree.
I like to have my audio and video library with me. I have eclectic tastes, they vary widely and one minute I am listening to Count Bassie, the next I could be listening to Flo Ri Da and his rap. Why should I be limited on my books? I shouldn't. The only limitation on my iPod is the total memory size, not 5% of the memory.
Let's be clear. I think Apple makes TERRIFIC PRODUCTS, and I bought my iPad on release weekend. I use it every day and think it is better than all other tablets, slates and netbooks and could very possibly make a dent in the desktop and laptop market as well. Maybe not Version 1, but certainly as versions 2, 3 and 4 come out.
All products are limited. But it simply amazes me that people will claim this is a reasonable assumption. The iPad is sold, at least in part, as an ereader. The iPod was sold as a music device. Does anyone reasonably think that a 80gb iPod should only be able to manage 6gb of music before becoming unstable? Really? I don't, and I think anyone who is being honest with themselves would believe the same as I do.
When someone makes a claim, especially when they say it is clear and obvious, they should be able to back up that claim. Not attack the poster or tell them to go to Apple.com and complain. THEY made the claim, not Apple. If they can not back up their assertion they should retract it. When you posted you clearly said that you think and you believe but you did not say THIS IS THE WAY THE DEVICE WAS DESIGNED. PERIOD. END OF STORY. That type of claim is false and misleading.
Thank you again for the first reasonable response on this page. The thread started out helpful and then a few people swooped in to attack. Too bad they couldn't be more helpful.