But still not great with laptops. I mean, they're big and bulky. Not in the way they used to be, for sure, but they still are. Netbooks, better. And the Telco's are already selling 'discounted' netbooks and laptops either with a 3G data stick, or simply with a connection built in.
But the way Tablets are proliferating, especially at CES this year, damn. Yum.
I've been involved in a couple of conversations recently dedicated to "which eReader should I buy?" and honestly, while the whole idea of electronic books is very attractive, my answer is invariably "none". It's followed with the caveat of "you should save a few more bucks, and get a Tablet". There's really good reasons for this. The first of which is, if you're looking for an eReader, why not spend a couple of bucks more, and get them all in one? Whether you go Andriod or i/OS, both platforms have free access to each of the apps for all of the major eReader platforms: Kobe, Kindle, etc. With them being an android device, rather than a dedicated, sole-purpose eReader, they bring a multitude of other uses to the table.
Which brings it back to me.
Since I switched to my Captivate S, I have mucho love for Android as a platform (even 2.1:
One of the things I will also be holding out for will not just be screen size, but resolution. While, yes, I'll be able to read articles (in, say, gReader) more easily on a 7" or 11" screen, even at the same resolution as my 4" phone, it would be far, far better to have at least 1024x600 or so resolution (as opposed to the 800x480 resolution my phone has). One would assume, that even factoring in the wifi broadcast, my phone should last longer, because the screen isn't on and off all the time: it's just ... broadcasting.
Also, how long have we all waited to have our Star Trek data pads? They're freakin' here. And I want one.
Yet another advantage over dedicated eReaders? Backlight. I've heard tons of complaints about eReaders being invisible in the dark. That's a weird oversight in design, no matter how much you want to emulate paper. It is ridiculous to have a brand new eReader, with a $10, 1970's style, clip-light reading light on it, so that you can read in bed. Seriously. Even if you're not going to backlight the screen, build the damn reading light in as a pop-up.
So, anyone got any thoughts on spec? Like I said, right now, my big concern is 7" vs 11". But there's going to be a lot of choice in the next few months, I think. I know the Dell Streak is bouncing up to 7". I don't, however, know what size is 'best' for my uses. I'm thinking it would actually be preferable at the 9" range, but I've no idea if anything is going to pop up at that size. There are Tablets for sale on TigerDirect right now: several Archos units running Android, and the like. But I think I still want to wait for the newer architecture if I'm going to do it. It also means I get to wait and see how the hardware develops. It also appears that almost everything (heavy on Galaxy S and Tegra2 platforms) is set to be shipped with Android 3.0/Gingerbread. I'd dearly like to hold out for one of those. Which means, of course, I will. Because I don't have to get anything yet. These are, in my case especially, complete luxuries.
But what a luxury!