Originally Posted by DrMoze
These may be enhanced functions for some, but not essential for an ebook device imo. I ahve plenty of access to computers and the Internet at home, at work, and on the go (blackberry browser). I bought an ebook device to simply read books comfortably, and it does that very well. Plus you can carry a ton of books along with little weight. Variety, screen quality, battery life and simplicity are most important for me (and perhaps for many others who also have access to computers and like to read books). Search capabilities and Wikipedia access aren't even on my list of wants. Leisure reading is an escape for me, and my ebook device fills it nicely with no distractions.
Well they aren't essential for me, but nice to have. I don't always read next to a computer and I don't have a internet enabled phone. So when I am at Taco Bell eating and reading, it's nice to be able to search something real quick. And since it doesn't really take away from my ebook reader, it's cool to have.