Apple iPad

According to an October report from the Yankee Group, at least 33 percent of netbooks are returned to the store. They’re light, sure, but their keyboards are cramped and their power is low.

How about the new Apple iPad? It has a lot of fans already, though most admit that it’s more a tool for watching movies, reading books or news than a vehicle for creating things.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos argues that the Kindle still makes sense as a dedicated reading device. The iPad weighs 1.5 pounds, the Kindle is just 10.3 ounces. You can lie back and hold it aloft in one hand. Kindle’s “e-Ink” is easier on your eyes than the iPad’s LCD screen. And there’s the price: $259 compared to $499. Kindle “apps” will be coming soon.

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