02-02-2010, 03:07 PM
>The base iPad will be that and much more, for just a little more coin than the Kindle DX.
How comfortable the screen is for long period will be important in this. Also how well they do at getting the content. Dead tree publishers are harder to work with than even record companies. The publishing deals tend to be on a country by country basis, which has hampered Amazon in taking the Kiddle international. There is huge amounts of content that is simply not there outside of the USA (which of course is the largest market). I wish Apple the very best of luck in bagging some dead tree heads together on that one.
>I also think the iPad would be fine for your Cruiser example. "Most of the web uses Flash" is quite an overstatement.
It will be interesting to see how the whole Flash thing plays out. I have seen figures that suggest 80% of mainstream websites use it. I have no way of knowing if that is true or not. What is the case is that a lot of that use is for advertising, which would not detract from the usefulness of the site if it was missing. The hard thing to know is would the sites that the crusier might want to use not be able sell her a ticket without Flash. I just don’t know, which makes it hard to recommend.
I agree, the crusier is the example that is most tempting to make a positive recommendation. It’s just a little different when you are spending other people’s money. Buying things for myself I do not mind if I am only 80% right, providing it looks like fun (and this product certainly does). When the recommendation is being paid for by grandma’s pension, you have to be so much more careful.
>Clearly, the iPad is an additional device not meant to replace an iPhone or a notebook.
Yes you are right, that is the key. We can only recommend it as an add-on to a main computer. I would like to see Apple go beyond that with a future version, it looks like a practical proportion, even with the current hardware.