It is said that the two extant technologies …. Kindle-like low power ePaper displays vs “real tablet computers” will merge.
I’m sure this is true. It is just as sure as the fact that almost every computer monitor sold to the average customer is the shiny hard to read kind instead of the more functional non-shiny kind. And when the technologies merge, the marketing departments will grin and the users will squint.
Does any of this matter to you now? Yes. Because there are predictions that there will be a major change in technology in less than two years which might make the choices you make now seem silly.
So, the answer? If you need a Kindle now, get the cheap one. Then, save your pennies and upgrade later.