(Or, how I am trying desperately to convince myself not to reflexively buy a wifi-only model to tide myself over…)
1) The best file-system alternative. Since there’s not much of a file-system per se, and I intend to load/access scads of documents (yes, thousands) onto the device as a consequence of using it as my primary computer, I need a file system alternative. Here’s what I need it to do:
-Have the ability – on the iPad – to access, navigate and store files within some type of hierarchical folder-type structure. It needn’t be 20 layers deep. 3 or 4 would do!
-Have the ability – on the iPad – the modify said folder-type structure (i.e. create new folders and subfolders, and move documents from one folder to another.
-Easily create/open/modify/save documents within this folder structure on the iPad itself.
-Have the ability to mirror/sync the folder-structure and documents themselves on the web. So I want cloud storage sync’d/mirror’d to local storage.
-Have the ability to access/navigate/modify the folders and documents on the web from the cloud.
– Have the ability to attach documents to a new email from within the file-app. Ideally I could select multiple files to attach.
I have to investigate Dropbox, and also see if any apps play nice with GoogleDocs with local storage. iDisk too. But the key questions will surround how easy it is to get documents from say Dropbox to Pages and vice versa. Both are necessary.
2) The best printing solution. Some have been suggested and seem to have scads of (sometimes odd sounding) features. But really all I want to do is print to my home network printers ANY document (including emails) from my iPad, at any time, and in as seamless a manner as possible. Ideally I’d be able to print from within other apps, but unless those other apps had hooks into the print app, that’s probably not possible.
Maybe, ideally, Dropbox or similar would offer a print module. So while you’re navigating within the folders you could select a document to print.
I’m really looking forward to hearing about user-experiences with these types of solutions, and hope to have an obvious winner by the time the 3G models ship! The idea that there may be a clear-cut choice by then is one of the only silver-linings I can find while I wait!!