Before too much more time goes by you should know that I was like the seventh person to ever have a Kindle. Tootsie gifted me a Kindle a-way back when, when it had enough memory for like 18 books and started with an engine crank on the side (and paid $400 for the privilege):
|Awww, look at that stupid interface|
For a fella like me, a technology wonk who loved to read and didn't do it enough, the Kindle was chock full of cool.
Well, after about four years of loyal service, my Kindle died. Technically speaking, the screen lost its ability to un-paint a pixel; so turning a page basically layered one page on top of the other, and it eventually turned black and I was forced to say a few words over it and commit my Kindle (I named it Kindy) to Mother Earth, from whence it originally came.
I was resolved to buy another Kindle - and name it Kindy II - and was in the process of figgering out which one to get. You could get one as cheaply as $80, if you wanted a unit with no keyboard and to see commercials instead of screen savers. But the model I had settled on was $139, which was still a bargain, to my old eyes, especially given that my first one set me back four bills.
But then I saw that Kindle Fire, and I was captivated. For real. This thing is so much more than a standard Kindle it's ridiculous. So I thought I'd at least do some research and determine how much the Fire costs, and maybe see where it was, price- and feature-wise, up against similar devices like the iPad. And that's when I was even more astounded.
iPad: $500 to start.
Kindle fire: $200, all bells and whistles inclusive.
Now look: I might not recommend the Fire if you're looking for a full-featured tablet. But the person who shells out $140 for a standard Kindle instead of the Fire is, there is no other way to put it, a god-damned fool.
It's got its issues, to be sure: its keyboard, so to speak, is a hassle and a half; writing this post on it would be an excruciating experience. A reviewer on Amazon said it best: it's a tool for consumption, not creation. Also the 6GB of memory shrinks up a bit considering it's also a video player. But as long as you keep that in mind, what you get for your money makes the Kindle Fire an absolute STEAL. It's 90% of the functionality of the iPad or a good Android-based tablet at 40% of the cost.
And, thanks to Auntie Jo, I'm buying one this very day. When I get it, I'll dick around with it for a few days and produce a proper review. Watch this space.