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Con: Reading: iPad?

As a person who loves to read I've been looking forward to getting my hands on a good e-reader. After researching the market and interacting with a couple of the e-readers on the market, I decided the Barnes&Noble "nook" would end up being my choice. I recently reserved it, as it's been sold out since last year.

Now, I have a little rant, I told a "tech-savvy" friend of mine that I just reserved an nook, which is an e-reader. This friend of mine isn't really tech savvy outside of the Apple circle. He's a follower of the Mac cult, expensive tastes. He mocked me as being behind the times because the iPad had just been released. I knew Apple was coming out with something, but I hadn't really followed along. 

Apparently, Apple's iPad has an e-book application, but it's a media device. Meaning, it doesn't use e-ink, meaning it's like reading on a computer screen. The whole point in getting an e-reader and not just reading books on a laptop is to avoid eye strain. E-ink doesn't produce light, therefore it doesn't produce color.

The iPad isn't meant to be an e-reader and for people who want an e-reader it falls short and is twice as expensive as the Kindle or nook.

I've heard additionally critique of iPad. It's seems over-hyped and overpriced and uses AT&T. I'm personally not at all interested in this thing. If you are, definitely make sure you know what you're getting into first. It doesn't sound like its all that it was hyped to be.

As for me, I just want an e-reader and the iPad isn't an e-reader.

I'm going to have to deal with my tech-savvy, know-it-all friend a lot in the future, but I'm hoping I can get past his Mac-cult attitude.


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Jan. 31st, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
I agree.

I've always thought Apple's main appeal is that it's merchandise is aimed at the cool kids, not the regular Joes.

Sure, like for like, the Mac's a little better in processing power than a PC, but in these days of gazillion-byte ram, I doubt it's noticable.

I've no doubt the iPad is an impressive bit of kit, but so what? Something equally impressive (or even more so) is bound to come along a year from now.

If folks want to splash out on latest technological eye-candy, good luck to them. As for me, I'm too old to want to pay extra, just to keep one step ahead of the Jones's.

Just my 2cents :)
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks for replying. I'm glad we see it the same way. I don't get the Mac cult, I think it's just overpriced electronics.

As it would happen, the friend I had this discussion with is actually a friend of the family's. He's twice my age and is a Mac Follower.
He's worked with teenagers as a youth coach and I think he does like that "Mac Image". It's a cult like the WoW cult.

It's probably true that a lot of Mac's stuff is higher quality and there are benefits from the fact that everything in a Mac is a Mac made. We can build our own PCs and jimmy OSes for completely free OSes and software. Perhaps if everything was, say, made by Asus then we'd have the same kind of computer Mac followers have.

Due to "building" my own computer and putting Linux OSes on a laptop and netbook, I've had to learn a great deal about computers and I know my computers better than my friend will know his Macs. Then again, what's to know about a Mac? A Mac is a Mac is a Mac. I don't have a problem with Apple or their products, but for the most part I think they're too expensive.

Also, if someone is simply going to use their computer for word processing, internet, email, video, simple things like that, Linux is an incredibly cheap alternative. It's possible to order a laptop without an OS and it's much cheaper than Windows. But, for PC gaming, there is no alternative to Windows (not to mention it works with all peripherals).

I'm sorry I went on a little bit, I'm too enthusiastic about computers.
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