As I may have mentioned here once or twice before, my girlfriend Erin is awesome. She's sweet, she makes me smile, and she indulges even my most extreme moments of geekitude. Heck, sometimes she even enables
them, such as a few months ago when she got me an Amazon Kindle Fire. I've seen the tablets, I've played with iPads and the like, and I think they can be very useful tools, but they aren't really the right choice for someone like me, someone whose biggest concern is the consumption
of various forms of media. I play games on it, surf the web, stream movies and TV shows from NetFlix constantly, and occasionally use it as a reader. I still prefer my Kindle 3 for reading prose, but for illustrated books, the Fire made a believer out of me. Smartphone screens are entirely too small and whenever I tried reading on an iPad I started getting headaches. I don't know what's different about the Fire screen -- maybe it's as simple as a smaller screen generating less light, but I can read on it for quite a while with no problem.