I’ve been moaning for months about the state of the Android tablet market. I had planned to ask for one for Christmas, and then my birthday, but those dates have now slipped by, and there’s still not a suitable Android-based tablet for my wish list. I regularly borrow my husband’s iPad for playing games, but a significant problem has emerged that the occasional iPad appropriation doesn’t solve. I’m running out of books.
Since various family members have made the shift to e-readers, my sources for leisure-time reading material have seriously dried up. I’m too lazy and time-constrained to hunt for books I might like, so I rely on others to recommend and then lend me any good ones. Now that they all read their books digitally, it’s put a serious kink in this time-honored system. So much so that my husband finally went out and bought me a Kindle for my birthday. And you know what? It’s perfect.
Unlike my preference for a 10-inch tablet screen, the 6-7-inch variety is perfect for an e-reader. And my Kindle is Wi-Fi only, which suits me just fine given the way I plan to use it. (I can hold off on the Kindle 4.) Most importantly, my new present gives me access to other people’s libraries. The same way I used to borrow a hard-copy book from my mom, she’ll now let me register my Kindle to her account when I want to check out a few of her latest reads. And I can do it instantly. How’s that for gratification?
I still plan to get a tablet in the future, but in the meantime, a purpose-built e-reader, especially at today’s prices, is just what I need. Temporary tablet problem solved. Now I have a Kindle.