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: 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.