I am generally a big fan of new technology. I don’t embrace every new product, gadget, application or Web site that comes along, but for the most part, I find new stuff cool. Yet I have no desire whatsoever to invest in either an Apple iPad or an Amazon Kindle.
Do they have some cool features? Absolutely. Do I think they’re silly, useless or unnecessary? Not in the least. As someone who tends to lean toward Apple, I’d probably go with the iPad if I had to choose between the two, even though the iPad is considerably more expensive ($499-$829, versus $259-489 for the Kindle). What can I say? Apple is cool.
Here’s my issue: While both devices have multiple functions, the main reason for buying either involves reading, whether it’s reading newspapers, magazines, books, Web sites, or whatever. And I wouldn’t want to have to worry about an expensive electronic device in the places where I do most of my reading.
The throne: I’m not trying to be gross, but some of my best reading, as well as some of my best thinking (shut up!), takes place while sitting on the throne. The bathroom is no place for an expensive electronic device.
In bed: I’m not sure how comfortable it would be to try to hold an iPad or a Kindle and read it while resting in bed. I could be wrong about this one, but I’m a little skeptical.
At lunch: Whether I’m working a full-time job or working part-time from home (my current situation), I usually treat myself to what I call one “fat bastard” lunch per week, where I completely separate myself from my computer and indulge in some gross but fun fast food – Wendy’s, Five Guys, White Mana. I always take that time to read the paper while I eat. I would never run the risk of getting French-fry grease, ketchup or soda on an iPad or a Kindle.
The beach: I’m always nervous about having my cell phone at the beach. Hell, I don’t even like having my $29 radio near the sand when I listen to Yankee games on the beach. I’d be terrified to have a delicate electronic device there.
So, I think I’ll pass on an iPad or a Kindle for now. Oh, yeah, and the fact that I’m dead-ass broke might also have a little something to do with that.