Remember how I was singing praises of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet? Well, here is the dilemma of any consumer today who has only limited funds but needs to have latest gadgets. As far as I am concerned, having a technology background, and making a living on the Internet, I would love to have all the latest laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, but the problem is that they change so rapidly and they are so expensive, that it is not easy to decide what to do. I do not think it is the most optimum solution, but what I do is to buy a gadget that will create the most value for me and also buy it cheap. Then, get rid of it as soon as possible, and start all over again.
So, I do not have a smart phone because I am almost always at one place using my laptop, For me a dumb phone does the trick. As far a laptops are concerned, even though I work on one all day long, I see no reason why I should have a thousand dollar computer. Therefore, I currently own a three year old Acer Aspire that I bought on sale for less than $300, and I will replace it with something in that price range. I have not decided when I will do that but I could do it tomorrow because when you spend so little on a computer, you get its worth in a few months.
For the arguments listed above, Lorena gave the Kindle to me as a Christmas gift, and it was a nice toy to have around the house or while traveling. It is small enough to fit in almost anywhere, it starts in no time, and I loved its use for surfing the web as well as reading books. Unfortunately, I was afraid that $199 was too much for something that would be obsolete in a few months.
So when I heard that Amazon had discontinued Kindle Fire in August 2012, I looked at my options. While it was clear that some sellers were trying to sell a used Kindle for triple its original price (either the sellers or buyers were smoking something to pay such ridiculous prices or it was just a trap), I immediately listed mine at $189, hoping that someone would buy it, so that I could add some more money to it and buy a new tablet (I cut the price by $10, I also had to pay sales tax when I bought it, and in addition, I had to pay some $30 to Amazon as commission). To my pleasant surprise, someone bought it a few minutes after listing. It is time to start looking at an iPad Mini now.