Apple fans have indicated claimed the tablet will kill less
full-featured e-Book readers like the Amazon Kindle or recent Sony
Pocket Reader. If that's the case, these competitors sure
seem unusually nonchalant.
Sony, which actually competes with
the tablet in two arenas -- eReaders (Sony Reader series) and mobile
Go) -- says that it may actually get a boost from the iPad.
States Steve Haber, president of Sony’s Digital
Reading Division, "The introduction of another mobile device,
which includes digital reading as part of its functionality, is a
good thing for the digital book business. Mobile devices with
reading capabilities will play a key role in the paradigm shift from
analog to digital content. At Sony, we’re focused on devices
optimized for digital reading and believe that digital books sales
will surpass print sales within five years, if not
Predicting the demise of print sales is
certainly a bold move, but not a terribly new one; Amazon and Sony
have been trumpeting that line for some time now. The more
interesting tidbit is that Sony actually thinks the increased
attention about tablets and digital books surrounding the iPhone will
actually help Sony's sales.
Sony certainly has a lot of
business savvy in the field of digital books. It is second only
to Amazon in this arena, and it is estimated to own 35 percent of the
market, selling an estimated 1 million units in 2009.
advantage it has over its new Apple competitor is perhaps a less
obtrusive name; since its announcement the iPad has been lampooned by
many readers who say it sounds like a feminine hygiene product.
Annie Colbert on the blog "Holy Kaw!", "With "iTampon"
quickly emerging as a trending Twitter topic, it's probably safe to
say that many women found themselves cringing as they asked, 'Do any
women work at Apple?'"
Ironically, the new Apple
wonder-product shares its name with a fictional device devised in a
MadTV skit -- an Apple feminine hygiene device called the iPad.
Writes "Dontstealmypen" a
particularly prolific Twitter, "Will women send their
husbands to the Apple store to buy iPads?" and "The
iPad—Another embarrassing topic I get to discuss with my kids."
quote: They were the first to integrate accelerometers.
quote: but innovation = Apple my friend.
quote: Criticize their pricing model or their lack of state-of-the-art graphics cards or lack of customization, but innovation = Apple my friend.
quote: It has everything that the iPad doesn't.
quote: Yeah, like the Winds AWESOME touch screen with multi touch suppor.... wait never mind it doesn't have that shit.
quote: The iPad, iPod touch and iPhone have ARM processors, not IA-32, therefore do not use x86 code.
quote: Adobe are more than willing to support Apple's devices with Flash, Apple refuse to let them
quote: Was your post meant to be a joke?
quote: For all those complaining about the lack of FLASH on Apple products
quote: A4, a system-on-a-chip (SoC) that reportedly combines a low-power CPU, a graphics processing unit (GPU), and other hardware, much of which is still confidential.
quote: I hear this "A4" chip is just a rebadged Snapdragon.
quote: Putting an advert in the newspaper is way cheaper than eBay.
quote: And when you consider that an ebay listing is seen by the entire internet
quote: If Apple were to simply include 3G access (for internet) on the iPad, to create true mobile connectivity, along with video chat apps (and GotoMeeting functionality, etc.), then I know a huge number of people who would buy it.
quote: Ironically, the new Apple wonder-product shares its name with a fictional device devised in a MadTV skit
quote: States Steve Haber, president of Sony’s Digital Reading Division, "The introduction of another mobile device, which includes digital reading as part of its functionality, is a good thing for the digital book business. Mobile devices with reading capabilities will play a key role in the paradigm shift from analog to digital content. At Sony, we’re focused on devices optimized for digital reading and believe that digital books sales will surpass print sales within five years, if not sooner."
quote: Mobile devices with reading capabilities will play a key role in the paradigm shift from analog to digital content.
quote: I can't afford the occasional hiccup along the way since I'm on call most of the time and a missed call could mean tens of thousands of dollars lost for my employer.
quote: Engadget got over 10 times as many comments for the iPad launch as it did for the Windows 7 launch.
quote: There haven't been any big advancements, like motion sensing or touchscreens, on the PC.
quote: Restricting computers will benefit
quote: App consoles are the future.
quote: Not sure why you were modded down because you are mostly spot on.
quote: There's no way to overstate the importance of Apple's iPad. It's easily one of the most significant inventions in human history.
quote: Then again, maybe I just don't need a $500-850 device to let me read books (that I still have to pay for on top of everything else
quote: In 4-5 years...
quote: Seeing as how one liking games is subjective to begin with, declaring that you will NEVER play a certain console platform over another option is pure ignorance. The only person foolish enough to believe and go along with this is you, and maybe a few fellows here.
quote: Imagine, you say and do the same thing during the Atari age or the Nintendo/Sega/Sony age. Think of what you've missed. Think of the tech, the games, the fun, the excitement. All this because you think it's ugly or something rather?
quote: What about future gaming consoles that say provide complete VR? Are you going to stick to your PC gaming and make the same comments? "Damn that helmet looks stupid on you, I would never get that xxxxx." Oh, don't get into 3D tv too, the glasses suck big time lol.
quote: You're not a gamer, you're an idiot. You obviously have no clue what you want and what you're life is missing.
quote: Why would you get an iPad with an Atom when you have just said we had tablets? Would it be better then to have a more powerful computing platform rather than installing win7 on a weaker one? The size maybe? Umm, you didn't like it did you? The design? Umm, you didn't like it either.
quote: I couldn't care less about the NAME of the item.
quote: Haha, if they called it Iturd I might be more inclined to buy it, at least I could get laughs out of it. No thanks on the Ipad though, I would rather get a netbook or a real tablet that I can put the software "I want" on it.