Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tablets R Us

Why buy something besides an iPad? (I'm listing this link first - if you read only one, make it this one.)
"The Kindle Fire is interesting because it’s the first one with a good answer: it’s much cheaper, Amazon offers a digital content ecosystem that rivals Apple’s (fewer apps, more books), and millions of people already use and enjoy Kindle hardware. The e-ink Kindles are to the Kindle Fire what the music-playing iPods were to the iPhone, and what the iPhone was to the iPad — traction in the mass market based on trust and loyalty.
Amazon built an alternative to the iPad, rather than a direct competitor. It’s a different market segment. As Steve Jobs explained back in 2010 at the introduction of the original iPad, there’s unexplored territory between smartphones and laptops."
"The iPad and Kindle Fire are emblematic of their makers. Apple’s primary business is selling devices for a healthy profit, and they back that up with a side business of selling digital content for those devices. Amazon’s primary business is as a retailer, including as a retailer of digital content. They back that up with a side business of low-cost digital devices that are optimized for on-the-fly purchasing of anything and everything Amazon sells. The Kindles are to Amazon what the printed catalog was to Sears a century ago."

The X-Ray feature might tip the scale and give me a reason to pay a premium of an e-book.
"All the new e-ink Kindles have an innovative feature called X-Ray. When you download a book on an e-ink Kindle you automatically receive a second file with information about the characters and settings of the book. The sources include Wikipedia and an Amazon-owned company book-related social service called Shelfari. It’s a welcome means to quickly figure out whether an unfamiliar character had appeared a few chapters earlier."

If I buy a Kindle, I will get the version that is ad supported, because you can change your mind later and pay to opt out of the adds with no penalty.

Amazon to buy Palm? Speaking of old school, maybe somebody should snap up BeOS, too.

Some iPad alternatives

I've finally decided what my next tablet will be: The Sabre Pyramid

iPhone 4S... point and shoot camera killer?

What is the difference between a smartphone and tablet? Very similar to my thoughts on which tablets are competitors? It depends on the use case.

edbott Whatever Happened to the iPad Rivals of 2010? A long, sad list via @technologizerMon, Oct 03 08:26:01 from Tweet Button
retweeted by asymco
WIREDInsider The top 10 new features of iOS5: (via @gizmodo)Wed, Oct 05 10:33:38 from SocialOomph
WIREDInsider Today's infographic: Every iPhone 5 rumor to date:, Oct 04 16:36:46 from SocialOomph
WIREDInsider Delving deeper into the iPhone 4s camera: (via @wired)Wed, Oct 05 12:33:45 from SocialOomph


  1. Thanks for posting all of this tablet information. The problem is, I like them both and could see both of them in my bag. I doubt my bride would let that happen however. She is funny like that. You know the type, Food, Shelter, Children, blah, blah, blah...


  2. Let me help...
    The iPad being an Apple product is edible.
    Holding a tablet over your head can keep the sun off you - not so good for rain.
    Your children will be smarter and will be more popular if they have an iPad.