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Archive for January 27th, 2010

Get Obama’s transcript here:

We face big and difficult challenges. And what the American people hope – what they deserve – is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics. For while the people who sent us here have different backgrounds and different stories and different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same. The aspirations they hold are shared. A job that pays the bill. A chance to get ahead. Most of all, the ability to give their children a better life.

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4-8 weeks max before someone puts linux on iPad.

Maybe I should do it?  I did, after all, invent the LiPhone several years ago.

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HP Slate vs iPad

Perhaps a more apples to apples competition is HP/Microsoft vs. Apple for the yet to be valuable category of “tablets”.

The HP Slate and Apple iPad devices are remarkably similar.

Here’s the Slate:

Here’s the iPad:

That’s right… the same basic concept and function.

you know why Apple will sell more than HP?  Marketing.  Look at how Apple polishes everything up from the product design to the silly video.

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It’s on….

digital books just got way more interesting.

Here’s the big differences between the devices and services:

Kindle

Basics: Low powered device that can run for days without a recharge.  Black and white epaper / eink screen.  3g connectivity.  Ability to add storage via SD card.

Pros: Closest thing to a real book out of all the devices and digital book ideas.   Amazon ebookstore is huge.

Cons: single purpose device.  read books.  and make sure the books don’t have pictures, diagrams or anything other than text.

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Nook

Basics: Similar to Kindle.  It’s a slightly more functional kindle.  Has a nice color screen for media browsing.  Books through Barnes and Noble.

Pros: Nice feel to the device.  Color is nice.

Cons: Single purpose device.  BN ebookstore is not as robust or easy as Kindle bookstore.

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iBooks/iPad

Basics: Apple’s fully featured tablet.  Basically a decent computer with eBooks reader software.

Pros: Multi purpose device.  Can actually compute.  Beautiful screen.  Possible to have nice reading+interactivity.

Cons: Battery life is more like a phone, less like a book!  Glossy screen.  Not quite as “rugged” as kindle.

Get Specs here.

Pricing:

Kindle and Nook are around $250.  Entry level iPad is $499.

Pricing on all of these are within $150or so.  Amazing that iPad is that low.  Almost impossible to pick a single use device that costs as much.

Conclusions

For me, what wins is the best book/publication selection.   Amazon is really hard to beat in that area.

Prediction – Kindle app on iPad pretty quickly!  I think Amazon will have to give up on the Kindle if it doesn’t come out with something the publishers want to push hard.  You can’t beat Apple at hardware on a grand scale.   not yet.

[UPDATE 4/25/2010:   I’ve been using my iPad for several weeks now.  I haven’t turned on my Kindle since I got my iPad with the Kindle software.  There’s simply no need.  I’m amazed by the iPad battery life.  I also didn’t anticipate how useful it is that you don’t need light to read on the iPad.  Like duh!    iBooks isn’t quite good enough to compete with the Kindle store based on inventory but I suspect that will change quickly.]

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Apple iPad

The rumors are finally rumors no more.  The iPad is out.

When the iphone came out it was clear it was going to change phones.

the iPad… hmmmm…. where does it fit?  what does it advance?   what experience does it enhance?

the only obvious thing I see right now is video gaming and ebooks/publishing.

but……  10 hour battery life makes it a tough tough tough thing to compete with good ol’ paper.

There’s a lot of talk about Digital Publishing… new form of newspaper.  I just don’t buy it.  If the browser wasn’t a good medium for newspapers, there’s really no basis to assume the iPad will be.

There’s a killer application in education for this.  It’s actually functional enough to act as a digital library and a computing tool.

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