Did you see Amazon's product announcement today? They finally unveiled the Kindle 2, although the details and photos had already been leaked. Amazon has always had a tendency to sell these things on backlog, so I didn't take any chances and placed my $359 order this morning. Gadget conundrum solved.
For $359, the unlimited wherever, whenever wireless access to Wikipedia alone would be worth it, but the kicker for me was the solving of my eternal dilemma: written word, or spoken? How about both, thank you very much. I've been an avid Audible.com customer for a few years now and LOVE my daily commutes because of the miracle of the mp3 book, but the pull of the written word is also a strong one. Now, with Kindle 2, you can read your book as well as have it read to you. No doubt, the quality won't be that of a professional book reader, but if you've listened to as many audio productions as I have, you understand some of those "professionals" tend to leave a little to be desired with respect to their craft.
Exciting times are coming, and I'll report back when it arrives - the release date is Feb. 24 (two weeks from tomorrow), but I'd be truly astonished if it actually ships out on that first available date.