Originally Posted by whacked
I'm the farthest thing from an Apple fanboy, but a little genie called the WSJ brought to my attention a curious note:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...445033542.html
BTW, the reviews I've seen all rave about the iPad's ability as an e-reader. Maybe testing one yourself before voicing out next time?
I should voice my opinion because I'm not buying in to the hype? Of course the reviews are positive. It's a new Apple gadget. When are those reviews anything but laudatory?
LCDs have never flickered, but many people find them uncomfortable to read for long periods of time. I'm sure people will trot out studies saying there's no difference in order to make the ipad look like the best e-reader ever, but I can't remember the last time I ever got eye strain reading a book, and I read for several consecutive hours each day without breaks. On the other hand, I've gotten plenty of it from staring at LCDs for too long though, and being somewhat of a videophile i'm not the type to leave my LCD in torch mode. I don't know what it is about them, but I'm not alone. Just because it hasn't been measured yet doesn't mean a difference doesn't exist. Even the article you quoted admits that not much research has been done in that area.
Aside from that debatable aspect of eye strain, there are other aspects that are not debatable. The iPad will give off a lot more energy in the form of heat than any e-ink reader. E-ink doesn't give off heat since the pixels are actually made up of physical particles within the screen. A voltage applied to a circuit board makes them visible or not but that is the only time it consumes power, so the batteries last forever and you don't have to hold a heat brick in your hand. The kindle lasts for well over a week with constant use. An ipad lasts 10-11 hours. Even though it lasts that long, I've used my iPhone for upwards of an hour at a time and the damned thing gets hot and uncomfortable to hold (sweaty hands). I wouldn't want to hold an iPad for that long.
Oh and then there's this: http://www.buzzbox.com/top/default/p...c=iPad:The_Sun
And speaking of holding, the ipad weighs 1.5lbs. Mossberg even says in his article that most people will need two hands to read with it. I don't know about you, but I don't read with two hands. The kindle weighs about half of that.
I already said that the ipad probably does a lot of things well, but nobody will ever convince me that it's as comfortable to read as a kindle or similar device. Ya, i've seen demos of it and it is definitely a sexy e-reader. It's probably great if you're just reading a few pages at a time or using it as a web browser, but as someone that wants an e-reader to use for many consecutive hours at a time, I'll pass on it. There are too many downsides. If you want a multipurpose device, it's not even a close comparison, the iPad is better in every other way. I don't understand why that's not enough for Apple fanboys.