Been awhile since a post, been out enjoying the real world. Wanted to post about the iPad, which ships/shipped on April 3, 2010. iPad was big news at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Didn't talk much about it. Why? The cost. It's 16GB $499.00, 32GB $599.00, 64GB $699.00. Want 3G? Be prepared to shell out $130 more. Robbing a bank or liquor store so you can afford it, not a good idea.
How does iPad compare to competition? Well, the iPad has an LED-backlit screen with pretty colors. Video tops out at 576p and 480p, which is very good for this type of device, and it has good audio quality. The iPad's good for web surfing, and can play most iPhone apps.
The closest eReaders that compare are Apple's Kindle 2 and Kindle DX, Sony's Ready Daily Edition and Barnes & Noble's Nook. Amazon's Kindle & Sony's eReaders have e-ink Vizplex displays that are optimized for reading. Nook has the same with a small full-color LCD as an extra.
With all three, the main screens are grayscale 3-bit. That's only 16 gray shades (including black and white), but reading on them is a truly wonderful experience. Readinig books, magazines, and newspapers are what they're designed for. Games and apps are a future possibility.
iPad with 3G at $130 more tops at $829 for the 64GB model. With 3G, you need data access to the Internet. That's additional: $14.99 250MB/month, $29.99, Unlimited. Kindle 2 and Sony Reader Daily have free 3G, on the other hand. To be fair, iPad lets you go hog wild on the net, the other offerings are mostly contained to the world of books and such. (Amazon Kindle has a browser too.)
So what did I think at the end of the day? iPad's great if you are looking for something to surf the web, play games and such. The backlit LED is nice, but for reading, e-ink Vizplex is so much better.
Thanks for reading, time for me to get back to work! Hope you'll take a look at my new book Windows 7: The Definitive Guide. Also just released is my book Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant.
William R. Stanek
williamstanek at aol dot com