Originally Posted by jouster
They're going to have to use a *lot* less current to have battery life rivaling my Kindle 2. And they'll need an always-on no-monthly-charge network too. I'm not sure why you think that bookreaders won't fit in; it seems to me that you are basing your argument on these future devices having more functionality and processing power, neither of which factors in to the Kindle's success. It is good at what it does, and it doesn't need to be good at the sort of general computing/multi-media stuff that other devices do or might do.
I don't think they'll fit, because as I've now said a dozen times here, that as portable computers get more powerful, they will take over the function of the Kindle AND be a real computer as well. You are just one of a fairly small number of people who has bought one of these. The one my friend has dosn't look all that great while reading, and is a pain to have to carry around, in addition to anything else needed. Just one more piece of crap to have.
It won't be that much longer until a computer the size and weight of the Kindle appears, with adequate battery life, which is really about 10 hours or so, just enough to get one through a full day. Plugging something in at night is a no brainer. The forty hours just comes from the display, which is only fair, has no color, and only 16 shades of grey, with no true white or black.
We don't need a no-charge network, because we all have phones. Anyone who will to buy one of these things will likely have data service with it anyway. This is just a very limited, extra duplicated service.
Computers in the future will combine many of these functions, as have our phones now.
We don't know what Apple is planning as far as a small tablet, which is what the kindle is in a very function limited way. We also don't know if Apple is going to give us some version of a netbook.
The remarks from Tim Cook at least twice now, leads us to believe that Apple is definately cooking (no pun intended
) something up. What, we don't know. When, well, we don't know that either.
But I believe the WSJ and Routers when they say Apple has ordered, or at least has looked into, 10" displays. Those are two services that have had very good records on what Apple is doing.
So what would be the point to a stand-alone reader? I simply can't find one.