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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. uncouth

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    I have a Kindle2, but will be giving that to my mom as soon as my Kindle3 arrives. Went with the wi-fi only option, as it's all I really need. If my mom hadn't been so interested in a Kindle I don't think I'd have upgrade.

    I think the next Kindle will be where we see some true innovation. Either way, the competition between the nook, Kindle, iPad, and others has really turned out well for the consumer. Aside from the higher ebook prices from some publishers, of course.
     
  2. bobukcat

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    I can see where it might be attractive to save the $50 for Wi-Fi only up-front but I travel too much and would gladly pay the extra $50 to be able to grab a new book wherever I happen to be (with few exceptions). I was a complete skeptic about the Kindle at first and then I bought one for my wife two years ago, now we fight over who gets to use it - not really, she always wins and I have to use my iPod Touch or Droid with the Kindle app. But if we're out by the pool on a bright day the second two options are severely limited compared to the Kindle (not to mention battery life). I may just buy myself one for Christmas - or Labor Day, then we can fight over who gets to use the new one. :)
     
  3. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    I don't have a Kindle, so this is probably a stupid question, but why is Wi-Fi really needed?

    Wouldn't most people just download books ahead of time?

    I've thought about getting one, but can't see the advantage of Wi-Fi. Is it just for when you forgot to download books ahead of time, or read more than you though you would on a trip?
     
  4. klang

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    I'm guessing that Amazon must pay AT&T something for accessing their 3G network and supplying Wi-Fi is a way to lower the price.

    I ended up pre-ordering the 3G model. I do like to sync up when I'm away just in case I loose or break the thing I'll know where I was in the book.
     
  5. Herdfan

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    Your argument seems to be the reason to have the 3G. :confused:
     
  6. dpeters11

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    Or maybe why is wifi needed, just cable sync, like you do an iPod.

    It is useful for the subscriptions you can get, magazines and papers etc. They just download automatically every morning, you pick up your Kindle on the way out the door and you have your mornings reading. To me, 3G is less necessary than wifi, especially if you can get connected to wifi networks that require a TOS agreement, like Starbucks.
     
  7. lflorack

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    I really love my International-capable Kindle2. The WiFi thrown in for nothing (new WiFi and International-capable units are the same price as my Int'l only version) and other improvements would be very nice. But, since I already have one, it's not worth the upgrade for me.

    As an aside, I don't think WiFi alone would be sufficient for me. I subscribe to a New York Times 'blog' of "Latest Headline stories" that's updated several times a day and I'm not always in WiFi range -- even though I have it at home and at work. International traveling would also be somewhat of a problem. So, if I didn't already have my Kindle2, I'd be getting the WiFi/International 3g version.
     
  8. spartanstew

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    How so?

    That makes sense, I was only thinking about books.
     
  9. Mike Bertelson

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    Right now all the Kindles have 3G, Whispernet, and you can download content anywhere you can get a celluar signal.

    With Wi-Fi you will only be able to download content when you can connect to a Wi-Fi netowrk. The Wi-Fi only Kindle 3 is $40 cheaper than the 3G version.

    If you don't mind being tethered to Wi-Fi, you can save a few bucks.

    Personally, I like being able to check in on my fourms and downloading content from the beach, but that's just me. :D

    Mike
     
  10. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Oh, I was thinking you'd just connect it to a computer to download books and wouldn't need WiFi or 3G.
     
  11. klang

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    As far as I know, you can't get content from Amazon through your computer to the Kindle. You can transfer other content though, like PDF's or .mobi files.
     
  12. Mike Bertelson

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    I transfer books back and forth between my Kindle and laptop all the time.

    When it's connected the PC sees it as an external drive. I just drag and drop the files.

    All my books arrive to my Kindle via 3G (Sprint in this case) but I can move them to my PC to allow for increased storage.

    It's not really necessary though. Amazon keeps track of my books and I can re-download them anytime I want, but I prefer to keep my own backups.

    You can also use your PC to transfer your books from Amazon if you're outside of a Whispernet service area. In my case that would be outside of Sprints coverage or outside of the US. The current versions are international so you can have wireless connections outside of the US.

    Mike
     
  13. bobukcat

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    Looks like Amazon has enough pre-orders for the new Kindles to list them as temporarily sold out and are encouraging you to place your pre-order now in order to "save your place in line". This applies to Graphite and White versions of both the Wi-Fi only and the one with 3G as well. I have been very close to pre-ordering one but this has me thinking I'll wait until they start shipping so I know when I'll get mine - probably the opposite effect than they were hoping for. :)

    It also makes me wonder if the order volume is off the charts or if they just aren't going to be getting very many in the first batch.
     
  14. dpeters11

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    Order now and it'll be Sep. 4 or earlier.
     
  15. Mark Holtz

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    Quick question: It's up to six kindles on one account, right? And, a kindle can't be shared across two Amazon.com account, right?
     
  16. DCSholtis

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    Yeah you had to have yours ordered by 8PM PST on August 1 in order to get yours by the 27th. I waffled on which model to get and finally settled on which one (3G/WiFi) at 4am EST on the 1st so apparently I got my order in under the deadline.
     
  17. dpeters11

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    It's 6 devices, which includes Kindles or devices with the Kindle app (iPhone, iPad, Blackberry etc.

    You might want to turn whispersync off, the account remembers which page you were on, and you wouldn't want that with multiple users.
     
  18. bobukcat

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    I commonly read a book on my iPod Touch or Droid while my wife is reading it on her Kindle at the same time. When you first open the book it asks you if you want to sync to the last page read, just say no and you're set. On the flip-side if I am the only one reading the book and I've been reading it on my mobile device and then steal her Kindle for a while I tell it to sync and I pick up exactly where I left off.

    I don't believe you can register a Kindle or Kindle app to more than one account. For my wife and I this isn't a problem, we register the devices to her account and have two credit cards on file, if it's something she wants she buys it on her card and vice-versa (not that it would make a big difference if we just bought everything on one card).
     
  19. bobukcat

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    I quit procrastinating today and decided to order my new Kindle (3G + Wi-Fi if you're curious) and all I got was an e-mail telling me they will e-mail me when they have a ship date for me. :(

    I hope it doesn't take too long or I will regret not just waiting and asking for one for Christmas.

    I think I'm going to order the case with the built in retractable reading light - i love that it's part of the case so you always have it and it uses power from the Kindle instead of requiring separate batteries. I wish it worked on K2s because I think my wife would love one as well.
     
  20. spartanstew

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    Yep, they sold out a week ago (and referenced a few posts up).
     

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