Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Cruz Tablet

I'm excited about my first technology purchase in ages. Taking the full-time-writing plunge, and quitting the day job has meant not buying a lot of man-toys the last couple of years. I told Dina I would buy a Kindle when they dropped below $75. They aren't quite there, but Dina says she's going to buy herself a Kindle for Christmas. So we'll have both a tablet and a reader. Woohoo.

I won't say my Cruz rocks. It more like crawls, but since I'm going to use it more as a reader than a tablet, that's cool. (My brother's IPad croaked on him. So was spending an extra $400 worth it?) I purchased my Cruz at RadioShack on sale for $149. I'm cheap. Got more functionality for my money, and I'm satisfied with the speed/slow.

I read inside, never sit at a pool, so I love the TFT. I can read in bed with the nightstand light off. Dina loves that.

I've got my music.

Alas, it's twice as heavy as the Kindle, but I'm a manly man. I can handle it.

Alas-deux, haven't figured out if there's a way to transfer the books I have on my computer's Kindle app to my Cruz. Gotta be a way.

Alas-trois, the buy-with-one-click is glitchy. It frequently get's hung up on an unnecessary sign-in screen.

Other than that, I love not holding back the wings of a book, and taking care to slide a marker to keep my place when I fall asleep on the couch.



  1. I've never even heard of the Cruz tablet. I thought I might want an ipad - -because I am an Apple girl -- but when I looked at one at the store I couldn't quite justify spending the money. I have the Kindle app on my phone, but I don't use it very often. I suppose I'm still a dinosaur who loves paper books.

  2. If you love to spend a Sunday afternoon laying on the couch reading, a reader is a lot more comfortable than holding open a book. If you buy a lot of books, you can save money on the electronic versions, too. As an example, Amazon sells Decision Points for $21 hardback…$15 Kindle. I have a case-full of books still to read, but all my new purchases will be electronic.