The new gadget spec sheet
In an era of software and cloud services, do lengthy comparison matrices full of hardware stats actually matter anymore when making a purchase? Or do people want to buy stuff because of the way it makes them feel?
The reality probably lies somewhere in the middle.
But even if the spec sheet fades, I don’t want to lose tables. So here is the new spec sheet for what really matters about two gadgets I’ve never owned.
|Kindle Fire||iPad 2|
|How much does it cost?||Impulse purchase that s— right now.||Why not, that’s enough miles for 1/50th of a free plane ticket.|
|Will it make your friends jealous?||For the next 2 weeks, or if they just bought a Nook Color.||Maybe, unless they know about the secret iPad 3 coming out in a few months.||Does it arouse you?||If your dream date is a trip to Panera Bread.||If your dream vacation is a visit to Jony Ive’s factory.|
|Will someone steal it from you?||Only if they can figure out it’s not a BlackBerry PlayBook.||Don’t sit too close to the doors on the subway.|