I agree. I've been doing a lot of research into iBooks. I think that I will be getting one soon. The powerbooks are cool. But they are way overpriced. I would only need an iBook to do simple things away from my main machines. IE : Surfing, e-mail, some SSH'ing, itunes, and a few other other things. In keeping with that, I know that I won't be doing any video conversion or editing, and that was what I based my decision on.
Supposedly the G3 is better than the G4 anyway, and that is what Apple could be running with in future iBooks. The G4 just adds the Altivec stuff. Which, unless you do heavy number crunching, you probably won't use.
At least from my research
Oh yeah, I will get the 12" and NOT the 14". You don't really gain any desktop space from the 14" as it has the same 1024x768 resolution, on a bigger screen. Which means pixelation that you can see. Supposedly the 12" is THE iBook to get. If the 14" did 1280x1024 I would jump on that in a heartbeat, but it doesn't, so I am going 12" iBook.
Now to decide between the 800MHz or the 900MHz. Again, seeing as I would be doing simple things, I don't think I would need the 900 over the 800 for that. So I am leaning towards the 800MHz 12" iBook, which I will purchase a 512MB stick of RAM and an Airport card. Can't Wait