Should my mom buy a Kindle Fire HD or an iPad mini? International edition.
My mom emailed me this morning to ask my advice about buying herself a Kindle Fire HD. She says she wants to use it for email, reading books, magazines and "anything else it can do without getting too complicated". I'm not sure how good the Kindle Fire HD is, and I tend towards the iPad for the simplicity and ease of use - I'm a mac convert myself. My mom has a Windows netbook, but never uses it because she finds it confusing. She tends to use my Stepdad's Macbook instead. The iPad mini is out of her price range, but I could theoretically kick in the extra for her Christmas gift so she could have an iPad instead. Note, I have already read this question
Now the complicating factor - my Mom is British and lives in France. She doesn't really speak much French. She live a very long way from the nearest Apple store. I read an article (here
) suggesting that Amazon's offerings are weak outside of the US, which further makes me question the Kindle's value to her. But is this really an issue?
I know my question as written makes it sound like I'm looking for permission to buy her an iPad, but I just want to research this thoroughly and be sure that the extra money is really needed, or maybe the Kindle is just going to be great for her after all.
Finally, Kindle Fire HD, iPad mini or refurb iPad2? Where should it be bought from? How region-locked are all these things? I know the iPad is region-locked by your iTunes account country, what about the Kindle? I don't want to buy her a Kindle from amazon.fr if that locks her into French amazon only, since she barely speaks French.