Twitter's reaction to Apple's new iPad? It's "stressing right now." (I'm assuming the volume of tweets about Apple's new tablet have something to do with the lack of certain Twitter functionality. Twitter functions seem to go down pretty regularly when the site is being overtaxed.)
My brother-in-law's reaction? "Want to buy a Kindle, cheap?" He just got an Amazon Kindle for Christmas. While it looked pretty cool at the time, it looks like a piece of crap compared to the iPad. I predict a flood of Kindles will hit eBay as soon as Kindle owners start unloading them and replacing them with iPads.
Confession: I'm not a gadget person. I don't have a smartphone. (Not yet. I'm looking.) I just got my first laptop for personal use last year. I have an iPod and we have a family iPod Touch, but my husband and son both use them more than I do. I've been known to describe myself as a neo-Luddite. But after seeing how gorgeous the iPad looks in photos on Mashable, I want one. I want one bad.
Among the list of features:
And, holy cow, a price ranging from $499 to $829. The top price is for a model with both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity and 64 gigabyte hard drive. So the entry-level iPad, which beats the pants off the Kindle from the looks of it, can be had for a little less than twice the price of an entry-level Kindle and for roughly the same price as Amazon's Kindle DX, the model more obviously pitched to business users.
Amazon won't be the only one hurting. Plastic Logic earlier this month introduced an electronic reader targeted to business users. Its Que prorReader looked kind of slick (until now). A lower-end model with 4 gigs of storage for documents, Wi-Fi, USB, and Bluetooth, but no 3G connectivity, sells for $649. One that comes with 3G connectivity and doubles the amount of storage goes for $799. For not much more than that, you can get the top-of-the-line iPad.