iPad is a great device. It’s ultra-portable, ultra-fast, and has more than 100,000 apps. I didn’t buy an iPad because I didn’t want to spend $500 on something I didn’t need or want.
- I always have a laptop handy, one in the office and three at home.
- I don’t play computer games. I don’t have time or interest.
- I read a lot, but prefer a print book. I do have a Kindle but I don’t use it. I bought it because I wanted to buy one. And it was cheap ($116).
- My Windows 7 laptop wakes up in about 2-4 seconds, which works fine for Internet surfing.
- I take a physical notebook to office meetings for taking notes.
- In office meetings, I use my to read emails. I hate writing emails on virtual keyboard.
- I don’t need to carry a laptop or tablet anywhere. The iPhone does the job very well.
I didn’t have any plans to buy Kindle Fire … until I heard the price, $199, which is $300 less than the cheapest iPad. It doesn’t have a camera, accelerometer, and thousands of apps, and it’s smaller (7″ screen). But I think it would do most of the work an iPad does and do it equally well. For a lot less money. It’s definitely not an iPad killer, but I think it’s going to hurt iPad sales a lot. Apple created the iPad mainly as a consumption device with more features, and Amazon took this one step further and created a consumption-only device, which is a lot cheaper. Apple makes money on hardware. Amazon plans to make money on software.
My kids love the iPhone, and they use it more than I do. That’s why I call it the most expensive toy I’ve ever bought or will buy. I can imagine them getting something bigger than the iPhone and going crazy. And I won’t have to pay for it every month.
Kindle Fire – I still don’t need it, but I’d love to have it. I think my kids are getting it this Christmas.
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