Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jul 2011 21:14 UTC
Apple Petty Apple is petty. Amazon, Kobo, and others have changed their applications to conform to Apple's App Store rules, and if there's one word that describes the situation these booksellers are in, it's petty. Still, it's leading to good things: Kobo has announced it's going to bypass the App Store by writing an HTML5 e-reader for iOS (and thus, for other HTML5-capable mobile devices).
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RE[7]: Not surprising, really!
by Alfman on Sun 31st Jul 2011 17:34 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Not surprising, really!"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

fmaxwell,

Clearly an ereader isn't for you, that's fine. But there's no sense in denying the strengths it has over other tablets including the ipad.

If apple sold an e-ink tablet, chances are you would immediately change your tune just because apple was behind it. I'm getting really tired of this kind of behavior, where people are overly proud of their favorite companies and fail to think objectively, though I suppose it is human nature.

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fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

But there's no sense in denying the strengths it has over other tablets including the ipad.


I did not deny that it had strengths over other tablets. I didn't deny that it had a longer battery life or that the screen was much more readable in bright light. I never said that its lighter weight, lower cost, greater resistance to heat, or available free 3G aren't advantages either.

I simply argued that the advantages don't, for most people, outweigh the disadvantages of the smaller screen, lack of color, and its monopolistic nature (you can only buy ebooks from Amazon for it).

If apple sold an e-ink tablet, chances are you would immediately change your tune just because apple was behind it.


Apple makes, and has made, many products that I don't find to be particularly appealing. Don't presume to know how I would react to an Apple e-ink tablet.

I'm getting really tired of this kind of behavior, where people are overly proud of their favorite companies and fail to think objectively, though I suppose it is human nature.


I laid out clear, rational reasons why I, and apparently millions of others, prefer the iPad to e-ink tablets. Those reasons had nothing to do with the company logos on the devices, and everything to do with the capability of the devices.

If you've accomplished so little in your life that you are "overly proud of [your] favorite companies," companies with which you have no affiliation other than as a consumer, you have my pity.

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RE[9]: Not surprising, really!
by Alfman on Sun 31st Jul 2011 20:06 in reply to "RE[8]: Not surprising, really!"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

fmaxwell,

"I simply argued that the advantages don't, for most people, outweigh the disadvantages of the smaller screen, lack of color..."

It sounded like you were downplaying the utility of those things for people who found them important, but if that was not your intention, then ok.

" and its monopolistic nature (you can only buy ebooks from Amazon for it)."

Apple supporters have absolutely no wiggle room to criticize others about this though.


"Apple makes, and has made, many products that I don't find to be particularly appealing. Don't presume to know how I would react to an Apple e-ink tablet."

If that doesn't describe you then I am glad, however then you should no doubt recognize the typical hypocrisy from the apple fanboys whom I speak of.


"I laid out clear, rational reasons why I, and apparently millions of others, prefer the iPad to e-ink tablets. Those reasons had nothing to do with the company logos on the devices, and everything to do with the capability of the devices."


You're definitely showing quite a lot of pro-apple bias though, almost all your criticisms of amazon apply equally if not more so to apple.

If this was merely a tactic to balance out the conversation, then ok. However if you really believe that amazon is guilty of those things and apple is not, then you may be more of an apple fanboy that you care to admit.

Edited 2011-07-31 20:08 UTC

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