The lads at Gearlog and Teleblog are great believers of multi function devices. Multi function devices do it all: it’s a cell phone, camera, calendar, contact, ebook reader all in one. Gearlog opines that the reason that women tend to buy a cell phone separate from a PDA is the ubiquitous purse. Of course, the only purse that Gearlog could find was a laptop bag (not a real purse guys). Teleblog did a llittle better but not by much. No self respecting chick lit heroine would carry either bag.
I chose to go the two device route when buying an ebook reader for a variety of reasons. I didn’t want my phone to be with me in the bedroom while I read. The Smartphones were either way to big to hold up to my ear or the smaller, sleeker Smartphones had too small of a viewscreen for reading books. I went PDA over a dedicated device (like the Ebookwise) because I wanted to use the PDA for ebook reading but I still wanted to be able to surf the internet. I paid a premium to get the nicest screen available on a PDA. The IPAQ 4700 has a 4″ VGA screen. It does not hurt my eyes after extended reading because there is no refresh on the screen like there is on a computer monitor, but I think I would throw my IPAQ over in a heartbeat for an E Ink device with a) a backlight and b) wifi capabilities and c) a decent html viewer.
Others have chosen to go for with a Smartphone, like a Treo. Still others have chosen to purchase a Dedicated Ebook Reader, like the Ebookwise. What I am curious about is if you have an ebook reader, what did you choose and why. If you want an ebook reader, what your going to buy?
I think its time for a poll. Polls not working.
Drop a comment regarding your readin device of choice (ie a dedicated ebook reader because you have a purse) and you will be entered to win 1 of 3 $5 gift certificates from my favorite ebookstore: Samhain Publishing. Thanks Christine for giving DearAuthor the chance to give away prizes. We love that!
Next week: All About the Greatness of Gowerpoint’s Ubook.