Its debut hasn't even been officially announced, but already the forthcoming Apple Tablet PC, rumored to be called iSlate, has come under attack by Kindles and Nooks, terrified that the new product may steal their thunder.
Kindles and Nooks have no love for each other, of course, since each wants to be the #1 electronic reader in the market. But they are united in their hatred of the iSlate, which threatens the future of any and all electronic readers, as well as a host of other electronic gadgets!
An Amazon Kindle and a Barnes & Noble Nook recently met with this reporter to list some negatives of the reputed iSlate:
1. "It's too skinny," declared the Nook. "Bordering on anorexic, I would say."
2. "It has a stupid name," said the Kindle. "It's not even in the dictionary." The Nook nodded in agreement, adding, "Not important enough to have the first letter of its name capitalized. Whoever heard of a name that begins with a small letter 'i.' What a disgrace. No pedigree at all, so common."
3. "Who does Apple think it is anyway?" asked the Kindle. "Apple is a fruit, apple is a pie, apple is a tart. Apple's place is in the kitchen. That's it."
4. "And that silly iSlate is supposed to be pretty pricey," said the Nook. The Kindle added, "Who wants to pay about $1,000 for that piece of junk in this economy? Ridiculous!"
With that, the Nook and the Kindle announced that they were off to find out more about the crop of electronic readers introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "They are Johnny-or-Johanna-come-latelies, of course, but we have to keep track of them all the same," confided the Kindle.
I noticed that the Kindle and the Nook, although rivals, seemed quite friendly. Hmm. Maybe there's an alliance in the works. A story to follow.
Electronic reader fans, stay tuned!