So I asked about the Kindle Fire the other day and mentioned in the comments to that post that I had my heart set on getting one and was looking to see if I could be dissuaded. A few folks did succeed in dissuading me. The truth is that I wanted something that I could watch Netflix on that wasn’t my laptop. That was my main reason for wanting one (and if I’m honest, I really want an iPad but just can’t afford it). Reading PDFs and ebooks would have been a bonus. But the more I thought about a Kindle Fire or some other kind of tablet, the more I realized that I’m really not locked in to needing something portable. I just want to watch Netflix without having to sit at the desk (I realize that I have a laptop but it’s a pain to unhook everything and move it; it functions as a desktop for me).
So then I thought about getting a PS3. My daughter has one and we watch Netflix on that sometimes. But the PS3 I wanted (the 320 GB Uncharted 3 bundle) was pricey, and since my daughter already has one that I can use whenever I feel like it, I couldn’t justify the cost. So then I remembered that Sony makes a Blu-ray player that is essentially a PS3 without the ability to play games. That’s a third of the cost and it would serve my purposes perfectly. I can watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon instant video, and even play Pandora, and all of this in addition to being able to watch Blu-rays and DVDs.
So I bit the bullet and ordered a Sony BDP-S390 Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi. This is pretty much exactly what I was looking for all along. Sure, I can’t read books on it, but I’m not really in the market for an ebook reader. And if I do decide to get one then I can get a regular Kindle at the end of the month. And I wasn’t really thrilled about the idea of reading PDFs on a 7″ screen. The truth is that I prefer my PDFs on my laptop. I don’t mind sitting at a desk to read them. But now I’ll be able to sit in from of the TV or lay in bed and watch all the movies I want and I’m quite happy with that.