"Hi. My name is |d®| and I'm a recovering electronics junkie."
It's true. Put me in an electronics store with a credit card in my pocket, and I was guaranteed to leave with something. It never got too bad, to the point of getting in debt over it, but I bought a lot of unnecessary sh*t. I'd look at something and be like: Cool. I need one of these.
Which means that a few weeks ago, when I had to move, I was aghast at the electronics junk I've accumulated over the years. I had boxes stacked in the closet full of stuff, believe you me. I'm old enough to be practical so I decided to part with some of my toys, the ones I hadn't used in over a year. Let's just say I threw away three-quarters of everything and I still have a big 'ol plastic container full of Lord-knows-what.
Which brings me to the point of this tale: I've always wanted an iPad since its inception. I mean, who doesn't? They're freakin' amazing. I'd sometimes go to Micro Center, my favorite store, and play with them there, but I soon stopped doing so for a pretty good reason - messing with an iPad would make me want it more. More to the point, there was no f-in way I was gonna pay at least $500 for something I didn't need. I mean, you can do way more with a good ol' laptop, and I had that already. Plus, protective case or not, it was probably only a matter of time before I or someone else dropped and broke it, like I did my dearly departed Kindle.
Which is why I was über-excited when Amazon announced they were busting out their own tablet, the Kindle Fire, and for a (comparatively) measly $199 too. I was sold before I even saw it. Shoot, I even pre-ordered that mofo, and for 3 reasons:
1. I could read Amazon's (or B&N's, or anyone's) books with it
2. Anything else it could do would be a bonus
3. Did I mention it cost less than half the price of an iPad?
A few weeks later it came over, and I love it. It's not as good an e-reader as the original kindle, but I can hold it in one hand; the iPad is a two-handed affair. It's merely OK at surfing the web, and it can be sluggish at times. (Amazon's working on changing that, at the time of this writing)
The best thing about it is that Amazon didn't lock it. In a few minutes you can install almost any old app from Android Market, which I did that first night. And did I mention it cost $199?
Problem is, Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder, is a smarter man than me. This Kindle is lighting my wallet up, burning my money. No wonder they call it the Fire. For real. Amazon content is right there at your fingertips, and after you read that book or watch that movie it suggests other title for you. Right there. It's freakin' brilliant - for Amazon.
My name is |d®| and I'm an official electronics junkie.