Originally Posted by teckstud
Well we're really talking a reading specific device. Laptops play music but are rthey competing against iPods and Zunes?
That's an interesting question.
The answer is not reallyfor most people. But, there have been numerous articles written as to how people are leaving their laptops and notebooks at home, in favor of their iPhones and Touches. So there is obviously some overlap, depending on needs.
We have no idea of what Apple may come out with next year, if they even do come out with something.
But right now. I've got over a dozen books on my iPhone, and have read several dozen since I purchased it early late summer after it first came out.
There are always going to be some people who aren't happy about doing new things, but will do them if the new things aren't too different from what they've been doing before.
The Kindle seems to be a compromise. But really, and I don't know if you've ever really used it, or if you have, for how long, or under what circumstances, it isn't any easier to read than anything else, and is often harder. The only time there's an advantage in in sunlight.
But, even there, whenever you have problems because of the high ambient light levels with reading "real" books, you will have a problem with the Kindle as well.
The truth is that in very high glaring ambient light, reading is difficult, and sunglasses become a requirement.
But not polarizing versions. They cause almost as much of a problem with e-ink as they do with LCds.
So how will Apple compete in the future?
Articles have said that Apple's device will allow publishers to have full color, and that IS a big advantage. It will allow video, music, motion graphics. These are all things that magazine publishers are interested in bringing to the electronic reader market.
If the product is light enough, and has decent battery life, I see 10 hours being bandied around as being sufficient, then hopefully, people will want to carry it around with them.