Originally Posted by solipsism
I agree, but I have a feeling that the KIndle prices are going to drop within the next 2 months. That's not to say the Kindle was overpriced for the market or still without merit. There wasn't much viable competition when introduced and eInk still has its benefits for a certain type of customer.
I think the iPad's biggest customer may be those forgoing a netbook of bargain basement notebook for a $500 Apple tablet with option for physical keyboard, if needed, for their basic email and Interneting needs .
Agreed, the kindle will have to half in price at the very least. That doesn't negate the price comparison of these devices at launch - kindle DX - $489 [eReader with 3G for downloading new books only], iPad - $499 [e-reader, video, music, video, internet, email, photo presentation, App Store, N+ wireless networking]. This direct comparison negates all the stupid comments about what this product can't do. It can do what Apple intended it to do. If people don't like that, then don't buy it - it's really that simple.
This isn't for anything more than basic
email and internet needs. Most of the target market will use this an eReader and music device cause the iPod touch is too small for them. That they can check email and browse the web is just the icing on the cake (professionals at home who don't wanna work at home, the older generation who are confused by computers etc. will love this thing].
iWork on this thing is pretty, but professionals aren't going to use this (or iWork) for serious output, that's an attempt at productivity which, frankly, dilutes the very clear purpose this device should have. (I think demo-ing it was a mistake, and it should have been left out to retain clarity of message in the keynote). For work - a laptop or desktop, for play - the iPad. Simples.
One final thing - this has more pixels on it than my 12" samsung netbook. The netbook is slow, fugly and can't do anything well in it's 2 hour batter life, it's a constant compromise, and it was a bad purchase. The iPad is not a netbook replacement, it is something new, something better.