This has not been the easiest of times for brewing and ‘queing. Work and home things have been a bit nuts. However, I hope to get back to posting semi-regularly.
In the mean time, I wanted to post a response I made to a GigaOM OpEd about a sub-iPad-sized iPad:
My first “tablet-y reader-y mobile-y” device was the first BN Nook. My intention was to read more, not do a lot of mobile computing. I had an unlocked iPhone on T-Mobile and found myself on there much more often than I was reading my Nook.
I returned the Nook and bought the first iPad. Loved it for mobile browsing, games, etc. But never got into iBooks. I tried every other reading app available. The reading posture was uncomfortable and the screen was too wide and eye-fatiguing.
Flash forward to this past June when I bought my second iPad, an iPad 3/New iPad/Whatever. Love the Retina display, but not how thin and ungrippable the iPad had become.
Two weeks after I got my new iPad, I actually WON an Amazon Kindle Fire in a raffle. This was a new experience for me. I had a coveted (by some) gadget that I neither needed nor wanted. But the gadget-head in me couldn’t part with it. So I put some small apps and books on it to use on my commute (1.5 hours each way by train).
Now, the iPad rarely comes out on the train. I still use it to play music or watch movies on my desk (using a Smart Cover to prop it up) and my two-year-old loves to use it (note to self, get the kid a Nabi for Christmas). The iPad is still my primary office and home tablet.
However, the Kindle Fire has carved out a distinct niche in my use. It’s a treat to hold (maybe a bit heavy) because it’s SUBSTANTIAL to hold. The slight rubberized back, thickness and size allow me to hold in one hand. The screen size allows my eyes to glide back and forth in a more natural movement than on the expanse that is the iPad screen.
The custom Android OS is HORRIBLE and I navigate as sparsely as I must to get to the content I want. But the form factor is dead on perfect for me.
If Apple releases a Kindle Fire-sized iPad with the iOS ubiquity and experience, they’ll have a winner of an eReader.