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New Kindle coming in August - with wifi only option

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by dpeters11, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. dpeters11

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    I don't think anything with eInk is faster at page turning than the Kindle. The iPad is faster, but there are definite downsides as an ebook reader.

    There are certainly benefits to an actual book, but there are benefits to the Kindle as well.
     
  2. Mike Bertelson

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    The DX is 5.4" x 7.9" - 42.66 in². Pretty close to the size of the page on a hardcover.

    That's one of the reasons I chose the DX. My sister has a Kindle with the 6" screen and it's a little too small...for me that is. :D

    She likes the size because it travels well in her handbag.

    Mike
     
  3. lflorack

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    I'm not trying to be difficult but I really don't see the page size of the 'normal' Kindle to be an issue at all. To me, it's similar in size to a paperback. Anyway, if this size is an issue for you, I guess you could get the DX which is larger.

    Personally, I think page turning is pretty similar to how long it takes me to turn a page of a book and not an issue at all. Is it LCD fast? No but then eInk is easier to read in sunlight, so I guess it's a trade-off if one thinks it's slow.

    So the positives don't outweigh the price for you. I can see that. They didn't for me either until it dropped below $200. But now, it's worth every penny -- and more.
     
  4. Mike Bertelson

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    I don’t think the page turn is slow. It’s as fast as or faster than turning a real page and I can usually get through a book faster on my Kindle DX then with a paper book. The problem is most times we expect some to happen immediately when we press a button. The current versions are supposed to be much faster than my current DX.

    I’ve also saved more than the cost of the Kindle in the books. I usually get my favorite authors in hard cover when they’re first release and I can usually get the Kindle version for about half the Wal-Mart price. Despite the initial cost, it has paid for itself in under a year...and my wife likes that I don’t have books laying all over the place any more. :D (of course my replacement is gonna be a factor :grin:)

    Not to mention I can listen to some reading music just by plugging my headphones into my Kindle. I don’t need to have my Zune or phone with me to have music. ;)

    Mike
     
  5. lflorack

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    Since Kindle page turning seems to be an issue for some, here's an article from ZDNet: "Review: My 20 minutes with Amazon's latest Kindle" by Larry Dignan, who says (emphasis is mine):

    YMMV :)
     
  6. P Smith

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    Thanks to that eInk engineers who develop new fast waveforms.
     
  7. Mike Bertelson

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    It turns out that my Kindle DX was still under warranty and they replaced it for nothing even though I'm the one who cracked the screen. :D

    Dang cool customer service. :)

    Mike
     
  8. lflorack

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    Nice!
     
  9. lflorack

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    Ordered a Kindle 3 for my wife (I already have a Kindle 2) on Saturday and it will arrive today.
     
  10. afulkerson

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    I had ordered a Kindle3 last month and when it was supposed to ship it never got to me. It somehow is still in shipment to FedEx. :( I called and got a replacement the next day. :):) My wife had a Kindle 2 and the new Kindle 3 is faster and I like it better. :)
     
  11. bobukcat

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    My wife has a K2 I bought her last year, I just got in trouble for buying myself the 3rd generation because it's better than hers. Oh well, I guess I know what to get her for Christmas.
     
  12. Mike Bertelson

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    I'm getting one for my daughter for Christmas too. I know when I see it I'm gonna want the new DX version. :rolleyes: :lol:

    Mike
     
  13. bobukcat

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    I also bought the new cover with the light that pulls out and is powered by the Kindle itself - I highly recommend it to anyone considering a new Kindle!
     
  14. lflorack

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    My wife decided that since I was nice enough to order her a Kindle, she'd give the K3 to me and I could give her my K2. Isn't she good to me? :D

    Anyway, the K3 is better than the K2 in several ways. The screen contrast is better, it's smaller and lighter and I hear the battery is longer-lasting too (but I can't confirm that yet). I also think the page-turning speed is a little better too. The K2 is definitely a great unit but the K3 is even better.
     
  15. afulkerson

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    I got a message that the battery was empty and needing charging. I plugged in the charger but the kindle 3 would not charge or turn on. :(

    I found, on the internet, a fix for my problem:

    1) hold power switch on for 30 seconds and then release.

    2) wait 20 seconds for the screen to start flashing.

    3) plug in charger to the Kindle.

    4) wait for the Kindle to charge (about 2 hours).

    This did work for me and the empty battery message went away after a couple of mins. At this point it bought up a normal kindle screen and it did charge up the battery. :)
     
  16. P Smith

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    1) hold power switch on for 30 seconds and then release. that means you force reset and did reboot whole device. K1 has Reset button under back cover for same function.
     
  17. cweave02

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    I bought one for a friend who does not have wifi, so I first tried to use my laptop's internet to transfer / download the books, and it did not work. So now I have brought it home with me to use my wifi network to do it - still no success in getting it done.
     
  18. klang

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    Have you gone into the wifi settings from settings off the home screen?
     
  19. Mike Bertelson

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    While on the home screen, if you hit menu you will see an option turn wireless on/off.

    As for transfering via PC, it does work I do it all the time. You download the content to your PC. Connect the Kindle to a USB port and drag and drop. It's that simple.

    This might be of help.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200375630

    Mike
     
  20. Mark Holtz

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    For whatever it's worth... I cashed in some rewards points for Amazon gift certificates, and I got myself a Kindle. It just arrived today.
     

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