Nhonko wrote:First off, I'm about JLPT 3級, if that helps at all...
I bought the CD version (The XS-KD01) from Amazon.co.jp since I live in Japan and it's pretty amazing. First of all, it has the STEP method for finding kanji which takes about 2 seconds to do (though, to be honest, I'm not sure why you would since you can just write it...).
Second, it lists every single bit of information you could want-- I mean, even down to the radical it's listed under, the grade level, and the frequency (Looks like 人 is the 2nd most common... what's the first?). I HIGHLY recommend it, but I would say that you should get the CD version since it's cheaper and with it and a cheap SD card (or onboard memory), you can add more dictionaries or text files (like the great 'counters' text file on whiterabbitpress.com's download section).
Anyways, I'd be happy to fill anybody in on any other questions about-- I really don't know how I lived without it before.
What you said sounds very interesting, I'm going to try that too.