Today I'm linking up with Dandelion Wishes for the Friday Confessional! I apologize in advance for the lengthiness of this post. ;)
I'm contemplating turning to The Dark Side. I've always been (and most likely, always will be) and Macaholic. I've only ever owned Apple computers, music devices, etc., with the exception of my first 3 phones.....but now I'm an addicted iPhone user. However, Josh sold back 30 leave days to purchase the brand new iPad (totaling around 850 buckaroos when you include shipping/handling and the Otter Box to protect it) and when it came, I was in awe. Literally drooling over it. For all of 5 minutes. I quickly got over it, realizing it's just a giant, glorified, over-hyped iPhone. I really don't see the point.
After reading this article on Yahoo! today, I was relieved to find that I wasn't the only Apple-lover to feel this way. If you read the article, Broida talks about how he's always been a dedicated Apple user and thought the new iPad would be a great investment. But when comparing it to the Kindle Fire he has on loan from Amazon...well, the iPad just wasn't worth the money. He gawks, saying that the Kindle Fire can do about 95% of what the iPad can do - apps, books, magazines, music, movies, etc. The only things it lacks are the retina screen, camera, ample storage space, and 4G capability - things I would rarely, if ever use anyway.
My point is that, when Josh offered to buy me a new iPad for my Christmas gift this year (yep, we think that far in advance!), I quickly - and sadly - declined. I just can't justify spending that ridiculous amount of money on a device I could compare to the Kindle Fire, which runs about $200 rather than the iPad's $800. Needless to say, I'm a tad disappointed in Apple this year, what with the lame iPhone 4S upgrade and the over-hyped iPad. *Tsk, tsk*
All of this to say, I need your help. I've been contemplating purchasing a tablet for quite a while (mainly for e-reading), but I'm not sure I'm ready to give up the nostalgic comfort of flipping through the pages of a physical book. I love the smell, dog-earring the page I left off on, having books on the shelf...I'm just not sure I'm ready to give that up for a screen with words on it, although it's a novel idea (punny joke, punny joke).
Do you own an e-reader of any sort? How do you feel about switching from paper to screen? Tell me your thoughts.