Dec 19, 2011

Technologically Savy?

My husband walked up to me on Saturday and told me that in the past, he has had a hard time shopping for me, but this year...this year he has no idea.

How do you respond to that?

Here's the dilemma.  I have a laptop but the battery will no longer hold a charge, meaning that it has to be plugged in at all times (okay, I think I can get 20 or so minutes out of a fully charged battery).  New batteries are about $100 after shipping and all that.

I really want a kindle because I would like the opportunity to read ebooks and all the other perks of having a ereader that I'm sure you could rattle off as well as I can.

Of course, I would also like a tablet of some sort but want it to have a blue tooth keyboard so I can write on it.  Well, if that is the case, it hardly seems worth it to buy a Kindle if the other things can have the same capability, but I'm not sure the iPad is in my future. 

What's a girl to do?  Replace the battery?  I've heard great things about the Toshiba Thrive but that's still pricey, but probably not more than the laptop fix and the Kindle Fire. 

While I like the iPad, in all reality I don't use a single other Apple product, so I'm not sure it makes the most sense.

Techies?  Help?  Ideas? 

What is the technological device you have visions of dancing in your head?


Susanna Leonard Hill said...

I am useless, I'm afraid. Not techy at all. I'm a one-gadget woman. I have a Macbook and I'm happy. Well, I guess technically I now also have a working cell phone - that's relatively new for me :) But frankly I can't see the use in having an ipad and a kindle and a laptop - I wouldn't use all those things. Good luck sorting it out, and I hope you get what you want!

Coleen Patrick said...

I am not a techy type either, but I did get a Kindle touch last month. I like it, but mostly for non-fiction/reference books so far, because I like to highlight. Not so great for fiction unless you read a lot of indie stuff (because that's cheaper) or have a big book budget :).
Have fun figuring out what you're going to get!!

Catherine Ensley said...

We're techies in our family. I have a laptop at home, a laptop at work, and I own a netbook, which is a cute, sweet little (but powerful) computer that I take with me everywhere. It cost only $250.

You can download a Kindle app into it for free. I did this and loved it for about a year. It has a great keyboard, and I loved reading e-books off of it.

But then, I decided last week to get an el-cheapo Kindle for $79. It fits into my purse, and I will use it when reading fiction. I'll still read nonfiction off the Netbook with Kindle app, because it works so well for cutting and pasting notes into a word document.

My husband recently bought an IPad, and they are incredible little machines, but if you want to do your writing on one, they're not so hot, unless, as you mentioned, you get a bluetooth keyboard.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Doesn't matter if you don't use other Apple products. We are total PC in my house, but we love our iPads.
Set up an account with iTunes and you can download an app for anything on earth. And for every eReader out there - meaning you can download Kindle, Nook, and Kobo books as well.
It also has Word-type apps that work like Word and allow you to download to Word.
You can also put music, movies, games, photos, anything at all on it.
And it comes with a camera and video capabilities.
Damn, Apple should really pay me for this commercial, shouldn't they?
It's worth it. It's not quite a laptop, but way better than a netbook.

Stacy S. Jensen said...

I got a Kindle Fire early for Christmas. I don't think it in anyway replaces the iPad or a laptop. I always found it difficult to read ebooks on the computer - always feel like I should be writing/doing something else. I'm trying to max out the Fire's potential. It has apps, but nothing like the iTunes store. I follow some writers on a group and they say they use the iPad for some writing with the bluetooth keyboard and utilize a lot of the apps and things like dropbox to share documents between PC/Mac and the iPad. Good luck with your choice. (Found you through the 'Twas contest... I wrote about my new Fire on my blog recently).

S.P. Bowers said...

I'm kinda late to the game so this may not help you at all. I have a netbook which I love. It has a kindle app (free) and is easy to carry around but I can still use it fairly easily for writing and research. I do want a "real" kindle at some point and am looking forward to future versions of the fire. Personally I'm not an apple fan and doubt I will ever have an ipad because if I have a laptop and a kindle (someday) why should I need it? Right now the netbook is good enough for my needs though if I become a hugely famous and successful and rich author I can see getting some other cool tech gadgets to help.

Oh, I do have a desktop so I don't always use the netbook, and if you do go with a netbook make sure to type on the keyboards first (local best buy is good for that) so you know you like the keyboard before you buy. Very important, keyboards.

Anonymous said...

I got a Kindle from my kids. I fought it for a long time. But I see so many new writers posting free books and books at .99, I figured what the heck. Now I'm a Kindle junkie! The only other device I have is a laptop. I would like to have an Ipad - once the price goes down a few hundred!