Apple iPad is Excellent, will kill Amazon Kindle, Bill Hill

Microsoft ClearType guru, Bill Hill, has offered his opinion of Apple iPad, and he also believes the iPad will kill off the Kindle. His rationale for this belief is interesting: “The arrival of iPad is bad news for Kindle. Even though I've owned Kindles since the first one, I've always described it as a "transitional […]

Microsoft ClearType guru, Bill Hill, has offered his opinion of Apple iPad, and he also believes the iPad will kill off the Kindle. His rationale for this belief is interesting: “The arrival of iPad is bad news for Kindle. Even though I've owned Kindles since the first one, I've always described it as a "transitional device". It was simply the first device with a screen good enough to enable reading text for long periods, with long battery life - and an acceptable book-buying experience built in. The trouble with Kindle is that for all its vaunted modernity, it's really a backward-looking device. So is the eInk technology at its heart. Both’re aimed at creating an experience close to paper. But that's not the Future of Reading. Future will be created by first equaling, then going beyond, paper. It’s books with full color, books with video, books which update through Web. Kindle was good enough to jump-start digital book market. But it's not good enough to keep it. eInk was acceptable only until appearance of a color screen with acceptable battery life. And iPad's 10 hours is more than enough to knock it off its pedestal[...]I'm not an Apple Fanboy. But you’ve to give credit where it's due. From being browbeaten into a mere 2-3% PC market share several years ago, Apple has parlayed its expertise in "consumer computing" into astounding success. I expect the iPad to continue that success,” said Bill.