What I've been waiting for has happened. Apple announced their new device and the time has come to make a decision about an eReader. Previously, the Sony Daily edition was the contender and I probably should hold them up next to each other and see if one comes out the clear choice.
Sony DE $579.97 w/ 32GB Flash Memory
Apple iPad $699.99 w/ 64GB Flash Memory
Sony appears to have a slight advantage in this department. Let's see what I'm getting for my money though.
Sony DE 7" 600 x 1024 Monochrome e-Ink
Apple iPad 9.7" 1024 x 760 IPS LED-backlit Full Color
Sony DE G3 for free, for downloading product only
Apple iPad Wi-Fi 802.11n, and G3 Capable (affordable data plan!), Bluetooth 2.1
Extras (The stuff that interests me):
Built in Dictionary
Free Hand Highlighting & Annotation.
Battery Life: 7 days normal usage
Access to 140k Apps from the Apple Store
SDK release allowing for iPad specific Apps from 3rd Parties
Syncs with my iTunes Library (Music, TV Shows, Movies)
Plays/Displays everything in my iTunes Library in full color
Photo App syncs with my iPhoto Library
Runs iWorks app (!!!) (Individually or all 3)
Built in Calendar, Contacts, Location/Map, Note Taking Apps
iBook App making it a full color eReader
Safari for web-browsing
Mail for email
Search App for finding stuff stored on iPad
SD Card Reader Accessory
Keyboard Dock Combination Accessory
10 Hours of Battery Life (decoding HD video the whole time)
The Apple iPad loses in the price category. However, would I pay an extra $120.00 for all the other things it would allow me to do? Without a doubt. I've already waited more than three months, what's another 60 days until Apple starts shipping their iPad? Honestly? It'll feel like a lifetime, that's how excited I am.
It's literally like Apple was reading my mind. No, I didn't get my etched OLED screen, but I was half joking anyway. It would have made the darn thing $1500! Also, the thing has NO CAMERA! An absolutely brilliant move... if I'd seen someone holding one of these things up while asking a friend to say cheese, I'd literally have throw a 9.8 category nerd fit. The thought made my pocket protector itch. It's bluetooth capable, just snap the damn picture with the camera phone (everyone already carries) and upload it via Bluetooth to the iPad.
iWorks for iPad? Brilliant move. It also has a docking port to VGA adapter allowing you to plug the thing right into a projector.
Apple has literally thought of everything.