[NTLK] OT: iPad vs. MS Courier: Sound Off

Ryan newtontalk at me.com
Wed Apr 7 17:32:34 EDT 2010

Hi Steve:

Thanks for chiming in.  I used the Slashdot review as a representation of the more discouraging reviews.  And as I mentioned, the snippet was from the comments section of the Slashdot review: those are not my comments.

And I don't necessarily think the iPad is too heavy.  I am undecided.  I am just seeing a trend of people stating this in their reviews.  And I wanted to share it here to see what people think of that.  So I am more reporting the news than anything.  The one thing that is certain is the physics of it: the iPad is much larger than a Newton.  So holding it in your hand is going to cause more stress up your arm because of weight distribution.  That's why I posted that bit about the person commenting on the physics of the device.

Some quotes from around the web... not mine:

"But it's simply not light enough (a Kindle ebook reader is about 10 ounces) and that heft adds to the awkwardness. Holding the iPad in one hand for more than a few minutes to watch a movie or read an ebook results in tired wrists. Even holding it with two hands to read an ebook is tiring. Reading an ebook on a smartphone is ergonomically much more practical."

"The iPad is sleek-and heavy. It's not an easy one-handed read on the go-or even sitting."

``If you're looking to spend money on something more versatile, then you definitely want to go with a laptop,''

"As for negatives, Yurechko said he's not happy that the iPad doesn't multitask — only one program can run at a time — and is a little heavy, at about two-thirds of a kilogram. That weight gets burdensome over time, he said."

"The weight: The iPad was heavier than I imagined, weighing 1.5 lbs + however much the iPad cover weighs. Obviously its still not too heavy, but it must get tiring trying to hold that while watching a two hour movie."





Thank you,


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