Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The new Apple iCovet

Apparently it is being unveiled overnight (Japanese time). No-one knows what it is, or what it does, but like a good fanboy, I obviously need one, even if I don't quite know why yet.

I can hardly sleep.


9 comments:

Carl C said...

it's a little annoying, I'm an Apple fan, but just bought a kindle last week (which I think is great so far). I really like the "e-ink" screen on the kindle so if the Apple "tablet" is a huge iphone it probably wouldn't be as easy to read for me over long periods of time.

EliRabett said...

Eli was an early adapter of the I nk

Hank Roberts said...

I'm still a daily user of a Clie TH-55.

No reliable grip on the new Apple thing? I was really hoping for a painter's palette form factor.

James Annan said...

I've only ever seen one Kindle, on a plane in the USA. Great screen but these things are really too big to catch on in Japan. I'm sure I'd miss a keyboard on any laptop-substitute - the iPod touch is worth putting up with it for the size advantage, but the iPad is pretty much as big as my macbook air anyway.

I suppose we still might manage to use up some spare budget on one though - web surfing is so central to my research, donchaknow :-)

Chuck said...

What is e-ink?

James Annan said...

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=e-ink

:-)

Carl C said...

you must have seen the bigger kindle DX? the kindle "2" is pretty small, I would think even by Japanese standards of usage/coolness (maybe not though)? but I need the DX for PDF files (no way to zoom in on PDF's or change fonts). well by now (a month) I've bought ridiculous amounts of Amazon kindle books to bother switching....

James Annan said...

Heh. I didn't even know there were 2 sizes. It was across the aisle and I was jetlagged to hell so I don't have much idea what it was, but the e-ink was impressive. Apart from the size being a bit impractical for strap-hanging on a commuter train, I don't think the Japanese would like others reading over their shoulder - many use overlays on their phones to restrict the angle.

Carl C said...

I guess the iPad will be too big to make it in Japan! you can get "kindle for iPhone" app for free - not bad for reading Amazon books; too tiny for PDF files though.