I love life as a consumer. When businesses compete for my dollars, they do the hard work and I get the benefits.
For instance, Amazon is coming out with a version of their Kindle book reader that “only” supports wifi, and cannot receive books using phone signals. They’re charging $139 for it. Nice price for a pretty cool reader.
And then there’s Kmart. Yes, that Kmart. They are offering a general-purpose touchpad computer running Android for $150. Android is Google’s phone-oriented operating system that other tablet makers have started using. You can read about all the potential deficiencies here, but that’s still not a hands-on review.
So, in this little portion of the consumer space, a choice: nicely-designed single-purpose device, or ten bucks more for an unproven general-purpose thingie, neither of which are completely portable.
I’m not ready to jump yet on either of these. I want my next device to be both a phone and a computer. I want it to be fairly cheap and to have a virtually unlimited data plan. Having signed up earlier this year for a two-year phone plan, and having little extra cash in the budget, I will have time to let the competitors fight it out in the marketplace.
And you know who will win? You and I will.
I think I really like capitalism and the free market.