Poll: Will you buy an Apple iPad?

Apple has unleashed its newest creation, the iPad — part media player, web browser, image viewer, ebook reader, giant iPod Touch — it could potentially change the way we consume media. But the question is: will you buy one?

Apple has unleashed its newest creation, the iPad — part media player, web browser, image viewer, ebook reader, giant iPod Touch — it could potentially change the way we consume media.

While its iBook store and the publisher support is certainly impressive, if you find extended reading on an LCD screen gives you eye strain already this won't change your mind; you're better off sticking to the Kindle's persistent E Ink screen, which will also give you considerably longer battery life.

Of course, the Kindle's not colour, and the iPad's significantly more than just a glorified ebook reader; the potential of the device through software could be huge. It's certainly impressive as a portable movie player, although that 4:3 aspect ratio grinds, and we'd imagine your arms would eventually get tired from having to hold it up (it's five times heavier than an iPhone). That or you'd slowly ruin your posture from having to leave it in your lap while watching.

The accessories are neat though and could easily make this a non-issue, and Stephen Fry seems to like it quite a bit too.

So the question is: will you buy one, and why? Leave your comments below.

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

 

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