January 1, 2012

Specialized consumption devices connected to the Internet

Over the Christmas holiday I've gotten a Kindle and an Apple TV. These purpose-built content-over-Internet Protocol devices are interesting as they change usage behavior (and changed usage behavior, mainly mobile, is a major reason why we're entering a post-PC world in terms of Internet connections).

The Kindle hardware seems to be built and optimized to compete with a paperback for reading experience rather than to compete with the iPad or iPhone, but the ability to store multiple books and the connection to a large store with digital distribution makes it so much better than a paperback. I've just had it a couple of days, but I'm pretty sure I'll read more as it is a convenient and cheap reading device.

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