Buying tech gifts for techy people

A month before my brother’s birthday I was trying to figure out what to get him. He loves his gadget-y things, like me. (I think that’s actually where I get it from.) He bought his first piece of real estate this year and I thought about getting something for his new place. But then, on your birthday, you sometimes want something just for yourself, right?

Out of all my ideas I thought, Kindle. It’s something he’s dropped a few hints about since I got mine. And it’s a chance to get one more person on the Kindle bandwagon I’m riding on right now.

I ordered his Kindle on September 21st and what gets announced on September 28th? Amazon’s brand new Kindle. The first thought that came to mind was – CHARMING.

New Amazon Kindle

However, having read a little bit more about the new Kindle, I’m feeling a little bit more at ease with my choice of gift purchase.

  1. There’s no keyboard. Whilst I don’t use my keyboard much on my Kindle, I am wondering how the onscreen keyboard combined with having to tap your way, using the arrow pad, to your preferred letter will work.
  2. It’s got a shorter battery life. I think since I bought my Kindle in July, I’ve had to charge it twice. Maybe three times.
  3. Smaller storage space. I am nowhere near to filling up my 4GB of space. But I always feel comforted to know that I have all of that to fill.

Fair enough the technology under the hood is probably better. I’m assuming they’ve been working on tweaking the e-Ink technology, so it’s even better than it is. Also it’s cheaper.

The UK’s not getting the Kindle Touch or Kindle Fire… yet. I’m guessing Amazon are going to test the waters with that in the USA first. So it’s only a matter of time.

What does this teach me? I can’t keep up with new tech, no matter how hard I try. There’s always a good reason to not have brand new tech. A Kindle is awesome, no matter which one you have.

I just hope my brother sees it my way!

7 comments

  1. I reckon your brother will be thrilled with that present! I agree, much better to get something for personal use than something for his new shindig :)

    When I saw the new cheaper Kindle model, I got quite excited. Until I saw, as you also pointed out, the lack of keyboard. Without a touchscreen, I can’t imagine it would be a joy to navigate. It almost feels like a design backstep?

    • Definitely feels like a bit of a backwards step – perhaps that’s why it’s cheaper!

      I do really like the idea of the whole screen estate being used for the reading part of it, but not to sacrifice usability.

  2. But on the plus side for those of us who haven’t yet bought the kindle, it’s now much cheaper (the old one I mean) Huzzah!

    I’m sure your brother will love this present, I know I would have if someone got me it! And just remember, a gift given with love no matter what, is always appreciated. :)

  3. I’m sure your brother will be thrilled. The Kindle is one of the best gadgets I’ve ever owned.

    I have never bought into the Apple culture, so I can’t wait to see how the Kindle Fire does in the US, and hope that it will be available in the UK soon in the future.

    • Thankfully he did really like it. Whole heartedly agree with you – the Kindle’s the best gadget I have ever owned.

      I’m not an Apple-ite either. I have never owned an iPod let alone an iPhone and I never will. I really want there to be something to act as some kind of competition for the iPad. I think there are plenty of people out there who’d like a tablet, but not be restricted with an iPad.

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