I am this close to pulling the trigger on an Amazon Kindle 2 - does anyone use a Kindle 1 or 2 - if so- can you share your experiences - good or bad?
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3/17/09 at 4:06pm
Bought one a couple of weeks ago, my wife took one look and 30 seconds later I was ordering my 2nd! so much for the first one!
Overall, I am not a big reader, but take the train to work and as such need to occupy 3 hours a day.. and I do listen to my various audio rigs, but wanted to see how this would work as I see many people on the train with them and they all speak highly of them. Most coming from Kindle 1s to the new 2.
Well I'm a believer, the ability to cut and paste sections of text on the fly and edit a quick tag to it to then review later is perfect for my style of reading, I like religious and motivational stuff, The ability to quickly change the text size and leading etc, makes it perfect, as I need corrective lenses to read and often when I am tired, its nice to just bump it up one size and Im good.
I have now read 3 books in the past week.. more than I read before K2 since the beginning of this year! its just so easy to read and after a few minutes it just melts away leaving you in the world of words... I am totally becoming a fan of this product. I like being able to quickly use the broadband 3g to find books and grab the first 5% (about 2 chapters) to see if I want the the whole thing, if I do then its in front of me to read in about 30 seconds... so much for waiting for a few days to get the hard copy from any internet source. The pricing is better too, most books are 10 bucks or less and I use my IPhone 3g to sometimes fill in the gaps, just hit Sync when I am done, and the K2 will then know where I left off on my Iphone.. pretty slick.
I dont use the text to speech, I do use the brower a lot more than I thought I would as it does support Java Script in the advanced mode so the web experience is good enough for me. I also use m.google.com to get all my mobile applications email etc, which is handy in a pinch.
The screen is stunning, the keyboard is very comfortable, but I wish someone would come out with a little rubber button like the Thinkpads use so the mouse/toggle thing was a bit easier to control, other than that, its amazing. I get about 4-5 days with the broadband on, and my wife now has gone about 2 weeks with it off... with about 1-2 hours a day of reading. She loves hers and reads a lot so probably a better testimony to the virtues of this thing than I.
I also dont normally buy extended warranties for anything but Apple Laptops, as I find them to be a good value for portable stuff, but after handling this for a while did spring for the 65.00 warranty on both of mine, I figure if it gets dropped its toast.. and I just place a call within 2 years and they send me another one, I drop the crashed one back in their box and they cover shipping both ways. I hope I dont have to use it, but I think its worth the extra pop, if you can afford it. I also bought leather Amazon Kindle2 cover for 29.95 and the small light they sell with it 13.95, both very worthy investments.
I spend hours each evening pouring over this site and others instead of picking up a book.
|It's about time I rearrange my priorities and get back on track. I think the Kindle will help me do just that!|