The Kindle may not hold a candle to the iPad as far as tablets go, but its rechargeable battery puts even Apple’s rechargeable batteries to shame.
The Amazon Kindle is to books what the iPod was to iTunes and .mp3s. More than anything, the tablet is a proprietary gadget for Amazon to sell more books with a lot less overhead. Sure, you can read .pdfs on it, and its 3G wireless technology lets you download books everywhere from Sydney to the Gobi desert, but if you’re not a bookworm, the Kindle holds little value, particularly when compared to the alpha tablet now dominating the gadget market — Apple’s iPad.
As you already know from Steve Jobs’ convocation in January and an onslaught of promotional campaigns, the iPad manages to give users the same ability to download and read books, and then some. While Apple is using the iPad to sell iTunes, apps, and plenty of other stuff like iPad cases and accessories, the iPad is chiefly a comprehensive tablet that offers so much versatile functionality that its applications are almost limitless; the iPad will be used at home, work, or on the go in any number of settings and situations. There’s really nothing Apple can learn from Amazon’s lowly Kindle.
Except when it comes to rechargeable batteries.