[NTLK] OT: iPad vs. MS Courier: Sound Off
newtontalk at me.com
Wed Apr 7 17:32:34 EDT 2010
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."
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