Here’s a story on CNN that answers some of the questions I asked below:
- 3G Wireless: You pay extra for it on the iPad, and between $15 and $30 per month depending on how much bandwidth you use. Hardly a “liberating” experience.
- E-Books: iPad will support the EPub format – but the files you purchase over the iPad will be locked and only viewable on the iPad. Prices will be higher than Amazon or Barnes and Noble – expect to pay $13 – $15 per title for new releases.
- Browsing: The iPad wins hands-down here – the interface makes a Kindle look like a brick. So the question is will you put up with reading on a back-lit screen in return for more kinds of media and full Web browsing? I suspect the answer depends on who you are. A person who spends a lot of time reading will benefit from the iInk display “traditional” e-readers use. Casual readers will want the flexibility and choices the iPad offers.