I bought the Wife a Kindle for Christmas. She’s only had it in her hands for about an hour, but she’s already fallen in love with it.
I debated waiting, but with reviews iffy on the Nook and both the Wife and I already hooked into Amazon, it made sense to go ahead and pull the trigger. I think the only thing that may trump the Kindle at this point would be the much-rumored Apple tablet/iSlate, but I seriously doubt the price point will be as low as the Kindle’s. There’s a good chance I’d be able to purchase a tablet/iSlate at work for evaluation anyway.
I think my wife will be a good test of the true usability of the device. She’s not tech stupid by any stretch, but she’s also not a tech enthusiast. Technology is a tool to her, nothing more, and if it’s a pain in the ass to use, she’s not going to mess with it. She’s also a voracious reader who will sometimes go back and re-read books simply because she hasn’t had time to visit a bookstore or hasn’t bothered to place an Amazon order. She reads on the couch, at the kitchen table, and in bed, so she’ll test it in a variety of environments.
Her initial reactions have been favorable. She’d only seen the Sony reader’s screen in the past, and she immediately noticed the Kindle’s has better contrast and faster response times. She’s found the interface intuitive, she hasn’t once come to me to help her find or do something, and she’s already downloaded two books (including The Pack: Winter Kill, of course) and explored how bookmarking works.
In fact, she’s been coming up with potential problems and has been attacking them, only to discover the folks at Amazon have already anticipated these problems. She probably knows more about the Kindle than I do at this point.
Next we’ll see how she feels about it after using it for a couple of weeks.