Originally Posted by Hexa
Who said that for something to be portable it has to fit comfortably in your pocket?
I did...I thought that was clear...
That is crazy. Laptops and netbooks are portable computers yet I don't see anyone walking around with them in their pockets.
The Nook Color (awesome by the way) and the Kindle are portanle E-Readers, yet again I don't see many people storing them in their pockets.
In reality the only "portable" thing I know of that many keep in their pockets are cell phones.
"Portable" is relative, and changes over time. As I already said, the first portable phones and laptops were in briefcases...would you consider those "portable" now simply because they can be physically carried around?
My argument remains that cell phone games have raised the bar for portable gaming to such a degree that anything larger than cell phone now has to be well
worth the extra size. I can do HD gaming on my iPhone, which is so portable that it fits in my pocket without me knowing it's there...so I do expect some extra special, more than just "PS3 quality power", for me to accept anything larger now.
The laptop comparison is somewhat invalid because there has yet to be a device that can do everything that a laptop can do made smaller than a laptop. I.e., the functions a laptop offers have yet to be compellingly shrunk to a smaller form factor that what we currently have. That will
change...phones are already as powerful as PCs from a few short years ago...give us one that really, truly runs MS Office well and the pressure will be on laptops to justify their existence for most people. Not for everyone, mind you...there is always going to be a trade-off between size and compute power. And the same can be said for gaming...some folks will feel the extra PS3-level power justifies a larger size, others of us will not.
Kindles and Nooks...I have to admit, I don't understand them. eBooks can be read on phones and tablets, I read books on my iPhone all the time. I would think that the dedicated e-reader product would have a short life span...except that Amazon is just killing with the Kindle, so clearly I'm misreading something there.