my major issue with taking notes was also the fact that you loose all control over any options when you switch to landscape, i do enjoy note taking in portrait mode as well tho.This is great for web pages. I hadn't even noticed it before. Thanks!
I'm typing at near normal speed now. Brought it to class with me today and took notes for 45 minutes with no problem.
I do agree it desperately needs a Tab key (especially when using Pages where you can only do it in portrait and have to tap a key twice per tab). I would love the ' and " to be on the main keyboard as well. I do miss the Apple/control key for formatting in Pages because again, while typing in landscape you no longer have access to the upper buttons for bold, center, etc.