Over the weekend I thought it would be a nice change of pace to read online near my window. By the time I got everything set up the way I wanted I looked down to see the ridiculous number of cables connected to each other. The main culprit for all of this—bad battery life from Apple. I can’t use my MacBook Pro without having it plugged into the wall. The batter dies in less than 15 minutes at this point and I don’t feel like dropping another hundred dollars to buy a new one. My iPhone’s battery was at the half way mark. I was planning to walk Madison for a couple hours after my reading so I wanted the thing juiced as much as possible. My headphone could have been connected to either device. It just happened that I was testing sirius xm which forced me to use my iPhone.
Ironically the only thing I didn’t need a cable for was what was feeding my laptop—the internet. The whole experience of wanting to read and enjor music online should not be that cable heavy. Sure I could read on my iPhone, and I have done that in the past but I wanted something bigger. And for all the hoopla going on with the Kindle I’m pretty close to considering a netbook in the not so distant future. The Kindle is way too restrictive. What irks me is that Apple hasn’t considered this kind of user at all. A person that wants to just read on the interwebs with good battery life. And if they do bring something in the price isn’t going to be even close to anything else in the same field—and as great as the industrial design from Apple is, $1000 is not going to be able to compete with $300.