Tablets, e-readers and netbooks bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops

From NYT, A Deluge of Devices for Reading and Surfing:

The PC is just not the ideal device for reading. Many companies are aiming their products at the market for reading devices, where Amazon commands a 60 percent share.
Dedicated e-readers, with their black-and-white screens that mimic paper, will survive an onslaught of versatile color tablets from Apple and others due to the benefits of long battery life and reduced strain on the eyes.
“I think the black-and-white readers still survive in the niche market as reading devices,” said Andy Hargreaves, an analyst at Pacific Crest Securities. “I’m not expecting the Apple device to be as good as the Kindle or Sony Reader for reading.”

AP video: Tech companies are aiming to bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops by offering new tablets, e-readers and netbooks. The AP's Haven Daley reports from the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


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