NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER (In your hands April 3rd)
The granddaddy of all Apple rumors finally came true today. It's not going to change the world, but it might get you reading more books. The Apple iPad ($499-$829) is the now-not-so-mythical tablet God King, featuring a 9.7-inch Multi-Touch LED-backlit display with IPS technology that's packed into a half-inch thick piece of aluminum that weighs just 1.5 pounds. Shipping with slick apps for web, email, photos, videos, music, and eBooks, the iPad can also run most current iPhone apps, small or upscaled in full screen. Thanks to a new iBook Store (goodbye Kindle, nice knowing you), you'll be able to buy and download books to read, just like you do music and movies on your iPhone. The iPad is powered by a custom 1GHz Apple A4 chip and offers an insane 10-hours of (video watching) battery life and a month of standby time. The iPad comes in two versions — one with Wi-Fi and one with both Wi-Fi and 3G. There's also a bunch of unexpected accessories, including a Keyboard Dock and a Portfolio case that can double as a stand. Get your iPad in late March.
If you're in the market for a wireless e-book reader, Amazon's Kindle is no longer the only game in town. The Sony Reader Daily Edition ($400; December 2009) packs built-in, service charge-free AT&T 3G networking for downloading new books on the go, and also offers a seven-inch touch-capable E-Ink screen with 16 levels of grayscale for crisp text and images, and native support for PDF, JPEG, BBeB Book, RTF, and TXT files.