Posts Tagged ‘E-reader’
Not a week goes by where we don’t hear about a possible would-be Kindle-killer. This one’s gonna be a touchscreen. That one promises color. They’re all going to be wireless. So why are we still looking around the corner?
According to Tom Barlow of Daily Finance, an Apple Tablet would be a quantum leap forward: Among his reasons listed here: “Sex. Kindle is n.o.t. s.e.x.y. Design-wise, it’s the Pontiac Aztec of the e-device world. Apple knows how to design sexy.” And then there’s that enormous iTunes merchandising system…
My old buddy Wilson Rothman at Gizmodo spent some time with Sony’s latest e-readers and found them underwhelming. Rothman says the $300 “Touch” suffers from a terrible glare problem, making it hard to read; the $200 “Pocket,” which isn’t touch based, is so stripped down it doesn’t offer Search.
Sony is trying hard to be a contender in this market, but has yet to produce anything innovative, much less up to date. Its upcoming wireless model, the “Daily,” is supposed to be here in time for the holidays, which, I guess, makes it somewhat competitive with the the very first Kindle, launched well over a year ago. Perhaps now that the Reader division is under Sony’s Vaio division, it’ll pick up the pace. Color by 2011?
Upcoming product refresh still will be black and white and won’t offer wireless connectivity.
“No one’s going to read GQ magazine on a Cool-er,” Interead CEO Neil Jones tells Mirror.
So, why bother at this point? Says Jones: “We have some really sexy ideas that we’re going to talk about in January…(That will) set us well apart from the competition.” Mmmmmmm, sexy.