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!