Maybe I am old school….but I like my Kindle (@amazonkindle)
I am so curious why people, critics, or bloggers are comparing the iPad to the Kindle, they are two completely different types of devices. I just demoed the iPad at a friend’s place last week, and I was impressed. I felt like I was in one of those futuristic computer labs you see in Iron Man or Avatar where I could do something on the iPad and then drag it into the real world and a hologram would pop up and I could continue modifying it. No doubt that is the direction these types of devices will eventually go. The iPad is definitely a game changer. I can’t wait to see what the iPad version 2, 3, and 4 are going to be like, and I know I will probably get the next version when it becomes available.
I am an avid reader, almost read a book a week, anything from fiction, to auto-biographies, to classics. As I was reading on my Kindle last night, I realized why I was extremely happy with this specific device – because I can read and just read, with no distractions. Reading is a form of escapism to me, when I read, I want to read and do nothing else. Maybe I am biased, or speaking too soon, because I haven’t tried reading on the iPad, but it seems to me that it would be distracting to read on the iPad with all of the apps, games, augmented reality, email, and whatever else is at your fingertips or gets pushed to you.
I bet there was a strategy meeting at Amazon, and they said how can we make the book experience better, more portable, easier, funner, and they came up with the Kindle. I bet there was a similar strategy meeting at Apple that said, lets look at every industry that is based on user consumption (i.e reading, listening, watching) and figure out a way to kill it, and then lets change the game and integrate everything with everything, and they came up with the iPad.