iPad. Now, I have some mixed feelings about this new device and I will gladly share them here with you. Keep in mind that I have not actually had the opportunity to play with one. These are simply my opinions about the general design of the iPad and how it's being advertised.
We've got the Kindle, the Sony eReader, the Nook, and now the iPad (with a few other readers thrown in there). Now I know the iPad isn't meant entirely to be an eReader, but that is largely how I have seen it advertised. Here's my problem with that.
The iPad has a lovely backlit display. Fine for checking email, playing games (Monkey Ball!!), and looking at pictures. I am a huge Mac fan and so can appreciate the artificial beauty of the iPad. However, my problem comes with the huge advertisement of this device as an eReader.
Most people that want an eReader, want one for the portability possibilities and because they don't want to try and read on the computer screen all day long. Let's face it, staring at a backlit screen all day long can get pretty wearing on the eyes. The iPad, to my knowledge, does not utilize e-ink, the wonderful way eBook readers make their screens similar to reading a new book. I have a Sony eReader and love it. I have never experienced eye strain while reading (except for that time I tried to read Lover Revealed in one sitting). I don't see myself being able to say the same about the iPad.
So, what do you guys think? Is the iPad and iBooks combination a great new eReader combination or do you think this might be an Apple miss?