As testified by slight variants by many professional reviewers, the first tune to run through someone’s mind when the iPad was introduced was:
iPad—what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Say it again.
Why? Because the iPad is an over-sized cell phone without the features of the cell phone.
Nonetheless, I’ve priced out tablet computers and more recently ebook readers on a regular basis for years. Hopefully the iPad will re-launch the tablet technology and get other brands to creatively re-invent their tablets to be lower cost.
I don’t really want an over-sized iPhone, and I don’t want a limited ebook reader. Here’s my wish list :
- Screen: Touch screen that can switch between color (what the iPad has) and eInk (that’s what Barnes & Noble’s Nook has).eInk is easy on the eyes, a typical computer screen isn’t. If I’m going to be reading a book, I don’t want the medium to give me a headache.
- eBook Reader functions:
- eInk screen technology
- Ability to add notes to a specific word, sentence, or paragraph in the book.
- Ability to underline or mark a section.
- Ability to export my notes and quotes marked.
- Ability to share my notes (and quotes) with friends who also have the same book.
- Ability to lend out books to others like I would with a real book.
- Maybe even be able to buy and sell used books if they could get the file protection good enough.
- Front-facing camera, rear-facing camera.
- Free Apps – windows would be the best for compatibility, but I’d at least need email, skype, browsers, etc.
- USB ports for thumb drives, printers, etc.
- Expandable memory would be nice.