At the end of this copious amount of research, I decided on the Kindle 2i (which is the international version that allows me to purchase and download e-books when I am abroad). As a consumer, I took this entire experience as an observation of parity in my decision making process. As a marketer, I noted that while Barnes & Noble may not have succeeded in earning my business, they certainly caught my attention at just the right time.
I encourage readers to make their own decision based on their needs and desires. My decision was heavily based on my need for international capabilities. If both e-readers had the same functionality outside the United States, I would still be doing the pre-purchase him-haw.