For the last year or so I've been quietly eying tablets with really only one in mind - you guessed it, the iPad. I own two other Apple products, a iPod Touch, and a '13 Macbook Pro, and I can say with no trace of doubt that I use both every day for something or other. I'm probably one of the last stragglers in my circle and age range that still doesn't own a smartphone, but I still haven't seen the merit of getting lost while looking down at a GPS on a crowded street, nor am I angry at any birds (oh wait, other way around). In fact though, if I wanted to get angry at some birds, I actually can do it on my iTouch. In fact, I can do just about anything on my iTouch that one can do on their iPhone, except phone and text (and hence the dumb phone comes in handy).
Maybe that example is an indicator of the fact that I'm a slow adopter of technology. I'm in the camp that when a new product or service comes out, invariably there will be a fallout period where a dominant brand or type of service will emerge (HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray anybody?), and I'm content to wait out this period, and let the market decide which way it will go before I jump in with both feet.
Having just proven that I should be waiting this out, now I'm going to tell how I am going against my own logic by ordering the Kindle Fire. I suppose one could argue that this market is already somewhat established, since the iPad has been out for some time, and numerous competing brands have since emerged (although I think everyone could agree that none have proven that they can compete with the iPad juggernaut). Amazon is throwing their hat in the color tablet ring in the form of the Kindle Fire, which marks the first time they've taken their successful e-reader a step farther, allowing web-browsing and media consumption, all in glorious color. Many claim that the '7 tablet Amazon is about to release is not in fact directly competing with Apple's iPad, but the fact that Amazon is a brand that is big enough to rival Apple, coupled with their massive library of content that will be utilized and integrated for the Fire, adds up to a potential face-off to say the least.
But, do you know the biggest reason I'm buying one? For one reason, to put it bluntly, is the price. Amazon is selling these for under $200. They are in fact willing to lose money on the sale of each of these in order to hook a customer that will buy digital content from their site in the form of movies, tv shows, and music.
Oh, and that other thing - ebooks. And thats the other reason I'm buying one of these puppies. Because really when I added up everything I wanted an iPad for, it really just came down to one thing - I wanted to read books and comics on it. If I would of gotten an iPad, I'm sure I would of watched the occasional show or movie, but my laptop and tv work fine for those thank you, and my iTouch holds all my music (and I really could never imagine holding a tablet to listen to music anyways). It came down to reading, and the prospect of dropping 400-500 dollars on Apple's shiny machine made the fiscally responsible part of me squirm a little bit, because I knew at the end of the day I would be using it primarily to read on.
It took about a week or so to let the idea of a new Kindle sink its way into my brain (that's about a long as it takes a new idea anyways ;) and really at the end of the day it made sense... this should hopefully be a great reader that will probably be a good solution to read comics panel by panel (full page will be harder) and Amazon is obviously the leader in online book sales and I really haven't heard anything bad about the previous Kindle's reading experience, so it should be a safe bet to accumulate a library of e-books on.
So here I go, I think really the purpose of this blog was to convince myself that I didn't need an iPad for an e-reading device...
Nov. 15th I guess I'll find out for for sure.