iPad vs. Kindle lighting test

I wanted to see how well the iPad worked in comparison to the Kindle in different lighting situations. To be somewhat fair I tested the Kindle app on the iPad to the Kindle 2 device. You can see the results of my very unscientific test below.

The first test is a side by side in a well lit room


Both devices fair well.  I still really like the Kindle screen for long term reading since it has a non-glare screen which can result in less eye strain.

The next test was in a dark room.


Without a light the Kindle doesn’t work at all, but then again neither does a regular book.

The next test was in direct sunlight


The Kindle is the big winner here, but even though the photo doesn’t show it well, the transflective screen on the iPad is very useable in direct sunlight.  What is interesting is that it worked better with the sun shining right at it, over being just in the shade.

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iPhone as remote keyboard

iPhone as remote keyboard

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This has got to be one of my new favorite features of the iphone. The Remote app allows you to use your phone as a remote for iTunes and the appleTV. While using it on the appleTV when ever they is a point on screen to enter text the phone changes to the above screen. Typing is real time with what you type appearing on the TV right away. It’s nice.

Up to date books from O’Reilly

2512159922_f5fa552a18 I picked up the Essential Silverlight 2.0 book while I was at the Web 2.0 Expo.  I’ve been meaning to share.  It’s the first time I’ve purchased an “Up To Date” book from O’Reilly.  I’m waiting form my first update to come in the mail.

To update your book you have the  option to print out the pages or view them online for free, but I like the idea of updating the book itself. 

To put in the new pages all you have to do is pop the little metal posts out from the plastic cover then add in the pages.

The idea behind O’Reilly’s “Up To Date” books

For publishers of printed technology books, it’s always been challenging to get a book written, edited, printed, and delivered while the content of the book is still relevant and needed by the audience. Some of our readers are happy to have the information they need delivered quickly in electronic form, but we hear from others that they still prefer the actual printed page. The Up-to-Date format is our answer to the need to deliver information on new technologies quickly, yet in printed form. And the beauty of it is that the book can take shape right along with the software, providing coverage of the CTPs, betas, and RTM releases as they become available.

Because the cover is plastic I have noticed a small issue in that the printing seems to flake off from the cover.  Hopefully they find a way to fix this in future version.  Of course I’d be super happy if they had a version that would work on my Sony Reader too.

Oh, and the book is very good too, but that’s another post!

Multitouch me

Multitouch interfaces seem to be all the rage right now. I just got back from Mix and SXSW and saw several examples of multitouch devices from the Surface to some very budget versions using Wiimotes and IR LED gloves.

Wiimote interface

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MS Surface

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But I think this super giant interface that was shown at CeBIT might have them beat. It looks like it works much in the same way as the Surface only on a super jumbo scale. Check out the video:

Mix 2008

Mix 2008Just wrapped up Mix. I was on the panel “Making it Simple: Designer/Developer Workflow.” It was a great group of people. I wish we had more time to continue the conversation. I want to thank Barbara from Microsoft for putting us all together.

All the Mix sessions and keynotes are online so be sure to check them all out.

I will write up more about the experience soon.

I’m currently at the airport waiting for the next lag of my flight to Austin for SXSW!