Originally Posted by irishjayhawk
I'd need to see this in a store before issuing judgement. I mean, yeah, this is a 1G product.
I don't know where this puts my ebook reader buying. I was game for one. Waiting for this announcement and I'm torn.
Apple needs others to catch up now too. Another reason why at some point you just have to release 1G and let others innovate before moving forward.
As an example, look at this youtube video of SI on a tablet.
Now that's cool, and the NYT app seemed similar. Once other companies catch up, that will be cool and something that can't happen on with other readers.
The niche it would fill for me would be a great travel device. Before hopping on a plane, download a few magazines I'd normally buy. Catch up on TV or watch a movie. Land, and send an email saying you've landed. Skype with friends and family (why no camera/mic? Blah!). All the essentials (email, maps, entertainment) without the weight of a laptop.
Of course, that's the iPhone and iPod too, just smaller...
Another weird Apple development is the price lines.
iPod Touch: $199/299/399
iPad: $499/599/699 (no 3G)
Macbook: $999 on up
They're really trying to have a mobile device available at every price level.
Looks like there is a mic, but no camera. Weird...