I just celebrated my ten year anniversary at my company. They sent me a nice email congratulating me and linking to a website with a list of anniversary gifts I could choose from to celebrate the big event. As usual with these type of corporate (and universally "PC" for all), they were not that of great choices – watches, plaques, etc. – things I’d never buy myself if I had the money. Just as I was losing hope, I clicked one more link and found the *best* choice of all. An AMEX gift certificate. Yep, who doesn’t love those?
I quickly scooped that puppy up (in the e-sense of the word “scoop”) and added it to my “cart.” Now… what was I going to use it for? It had to be something that was a little bit indulgent and totally for me. No bill-paying responsible behavior here. This was my anniversary gift. It had to be fun.
I have been flipping back and forth between wanting a new iPad and considering the new Nook Color. You all know from my praises sung about Beatrice how much I love my Nook. But did I really want another one? Or did I want the iPad?
Everyone that is anyone has an iPad. Did I want to become part of that clique?
And did I really need one? Of course, need has nothing to do with this, does it? (just ask Cathy Zielske)
And I kept thinking about how big an iPad is, compared to my little Nookie… and how expensive they are (ouch!) and did I really want one, or just want one because everyone else has one?
Which kept bringing me back to the Nook.
And I started researching the new Nook Color.
And it’s beautiful. And sleek. And small (but not too small)
And best of all, it’s Android (like my phone)
So, off I went to the B&N store. After an hours’ worth of conversation with my handy, helpful Nook Geek, I was sold. He told me they were going to be releasing an update to the Nook Color software which would enable me to download apps onto it (much like I have done on my phone) and that it would become more and more of a true tablet-PC type of tool, not just an e-reader. Which, they did, today. And I already have Angry Birds loaded. (hee hee) And a nifty email client so I can check email on there. And surf the web. And update Facebook. (which, we know, is vital.)
I think (and this is just my opinion) that B&N has decided the iPad is their competition (not Kindle) and that seems to be where their focus is for development.
Which is a good deal for me. Given that I am already familiar with Android and love the Nook software, too.
So, now, Beatrice has a new cousin. And she is beautiful. And sleek. And shiny and colorful. (and she has a pretty pink cover)
And she’s all mine.