My friend bought a new Kindle HD 8.9 tablet last year. She loves it. Since I am kind of in the market for something that is bigger than my e-reader and smaller than my laptop, it seems like a good choice. It’s easy to handle and easy to read.
This year’s models cost a lot more than her model did. Boogers.
At the same time, my four-year-old laptop appears to have crapped out on me (that’s a technical term meaning it doesn’t work). It may be the battery or it may be something else. I can’t recharge the battery so for sure the battery is shot.
The laptop is our back-up when our “real” computers get the flu. It doesn’t happen often but it does happen. Two years ago the beloved husband’s computer not only got the flu, it went on life support and eventually died in his arms surrounded by loved ones. There was a very touching obituary in the newspaper. I blogged about it here.
My “real” computer is five years old which is 90 in computer years. (They are like dogs in that they age faster than people.) Old people can get replacement parts more easily than a five-year-old computer.
My last computer didn’t last five years. It was hit by lightning or maybe an electrical surge. Yes I have a surge protector but it was definitely fried like an egg in bacon grease.
I hate wasting brain bytes on computer decisions. Last time I had to buy a laptop, I just picked out the red one. It was so easy and it worked.
Now they come in all sizes and are called different things – iPads, notebooks, tablets, and readers – what is the difference? Is it the size? The memory?
Worst of all, they are black. How can you make an intelligent decision if color isn’t a point of difference?
There is no need for complex spreadsheets – just word docs, books, web surfing, email and of course, Photoshop. (My cats like to look their best!)
I am a simple person. (Or more likely, I confuse easily especially about technology, so it needs to be simple.)
I did what any normal person would do; I laid my plight out to the esteemed guru of all knowledge – my IT techie.
Of course if the Kindle came in red, it would be a no brainer.