Kindle Paperwhite Review: It's like looking at paper
October 9, 2012
While I was moving last week, I had a tiny piece of joy arrive in the mail… a Kindle Paperwhite. Unfortunately it arrived at the location I was moving out of, after I was already gone. My joy was slightly delayed, but I’ve got it now and have had some time to play with it. This is by far an improvement over the Kindle Touch, and certainly an even better reading experience than before.
Splashtop Remote Desktop
January 24, 2012
A few weeks back, Amazon’s free app of the day was Splashtop Remote Desktop (normally and currently $4.99). It sounded pretty intriguing, so I picked it up. I had low expectations from a free app, but was pleasantly surprised by the functionality. Out of the box it requires some minimal configuration, namely running the hosting software on the computer(s) of your choice and setting a password, and then you are good to go. Just launching the app on your Kindle Fire will allow you to connect (provided you are on the same network).
Review: Kindle Lighted Leather Cover
September 1, 2010
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Lighted-Leather-Burgundy-Display-Generation/dp/B003DZ166Q/?void=fidelis” title=”[amazon] Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Burgundy Red (Fits 6” Display, 3rd Generation Kindle)“>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Reading-Display-Graphite-Globally/dp/B002FQJT3Q/?void=fidelis” title=”[amazon] Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6” Display, Graphite, 3G Works Globally - Latest Generation">Kindle 3 makes for the 5th Kindle I’ve bought (previously 2 Kindle 1’s, a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015T963C/?void=fidelis” title=”[amazon] Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 6” Display, White - 2nd Generation">Kindle 2, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Wireless-Reading-Device-Display/dp/B0015TCML0/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1283354343&sr=1-3&void=fidelis” title=”[amazon] Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device (9.7” Display, U.S. Wireless)“>Kindle DX Gen 1), it also marks the first Kindle I’ve actually <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Lighted-Leather-Burgundy-Display-Generation/dp/B003DZ166Q/?void=fidelis” title=”[amazon] Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Burgundy Red (Fits 6” Display, 3rd Generation Kindle)“>bought a case for. The Kindle 1 came with a case, albeit not a great one. For most of the life of the Kindle 2, I didn’t have one, but fairly recently I was given a beat up spare to use. I stick the Kindle in my fatigue pockets all the time, and the case makes it so I don’t have to worry about breaking another screen (did that with a K1). Since I’ve had the case on the K2, I’ve grown somewhat attached to having it. I figured it would be nice to have another… and let’s be realistic… this new case has a freaking light built in! How cool is that?!
The Kindle 3 Has Arrived!
August 27, 2010
Yesterday, much to my glee, the new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Reading-Display-Graphite-Globally/dp/B002FQJT3Q/?void=fidelis” title=”[amazon] Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6” Display, Graphite, 3G Works Globally - Latest Generation">Kindle 3 arrived. With the Kindle 3, comes the new option of getting the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Wireless-Reader-Wifi-Graphite/dp/B002Y27P3M/?void=fidelis” title=”[amazon] Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, 6” Display, Graphite - Latest Generation">Wifi only version or a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Reading-Display-Graphite-Globally/dp/B002FQJT3Q/?void=fidelis” title=”[amazon] Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6” Display, Graphite, 3G Works Globally - Latest Generation">Wifi+3G version. As I do love my ability to buy books ANYWHERE (like when you are standing in line to board a plane), I bought the Wifi+3G version (in Graphite). In case it wasn’t already abundantly obvious, I’m very excited about this unit. I’ll admit, I’m a Kindle fanboy. After receiving and playing with it, I’m even more impressed. Unlike the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Reading-Graphite-Globally-Generation/dp/B002GYWHSQ/?void=fidelis” title=”[amazon] Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 9.7” Display, Graphite, 3G Works Globally – Latest Generation">Kindle DX, I know this one won’t be returned to Amazon. I’ve had more than enough time to get a good idea of how the Kindle 3 works, and how it compares to the Kindle 2, so I thought it was time to share.
Kindle 3 announced, joy ensues
July 29, 2010
At the beginning of the month, Amazon unveiled the 3rd generation of the Kindle DX which was now ensconced in a Graphite colored shell, provided a better contrast ratio, and faster refresh times. This all but guaranteed we would be seeing the Kindle 3 shortly. Yesterday, it was noticed that the Kindle 2 was out of stock, for probably the first time since they started selling them, which caused a few to wonder if the Kindle 3 was nigh. Well, nigh it was and today we have the option of pre-ordering a brand new Kindle 3 (or possibly “Kindle 2, 3rd Generation”, but we like Kindle 3 better).
Price Drops on eBook Readers
June 21, 2010
Amazon just (as in a few minutes ago) dropped the price of the Kindle 2 to $189. This seems to be in retaliation to Barnes & Nobles dropping the price of the Nook to $199. Previously, both devices were $259. Barnes and Nobles also offers a WiFi only version for $149 which has given credence to the (as yet unsubstantiated) rumors that Amazon is working on a WiFi only version of the Kindle.
Wishlist for a “Kindle 3″
February 4, 2010
There have been a number of rumors recently as to what the Kindle 3 is going to be and when it is going to be out. This time last year there was a bunch of rumors about the “Kindle 3”, most of which involved a larger screen. As it turns out, that was the Kindle DX, and that came out. As of late the rumor mill seems to have started up again with new talk of a Kindle 3 being released/announced at some point this month. The Kindle 2 was released in February of 2009, so if Amazon plays by the Apple rules and releases a new version around the same time each year, we’re looking to have the Kindle 3 here shortly. I was surfing about looking at Kindle 3 rumors, most of which were from last year (and for what turned out to be the DX). I have combined these along with some thinking of my own and put together what I’d like from the Kindle 3. I kept it to the “big” items, meaning I’m not bitching about the desire for a new browser, enhanced MP3 player or other software tweaks. Yes, I do desire all those “niceties”, but they can be firmwared at anytime. If I’m gonna wish for something, I’ll wish big(ish), and hope that it is still reasonable.
Paper Boy No Longer
September 2, 2009
So a couple weeks ago I realized that I had all these credit card rewards that I have never used. Coupled with the fact that I have been wanting a kindle for well… basically since they came out, I decided to trade in some rewards. So, I bought a Kindle. I don’t really have first impressions, since I’ve gotten to play with Jon’s Generation 1 and v2 (though not the DX sadly).
Review: Kindle DX after 2 weeks
July 10, 2009
Two things I need to mention off the bat. Number 1, if you’ve been playing along at home and saying to yourself “The Kindle DX has been out for much longer than 2 weeks”, you’re right, but this post got delayed due to scheduling conflicts. Number 2, I’ve returned my Kindle DX. So, with that being said, let me share my thoughts on the device and why I ultimately chose to return it. The Kindle DX is a great device for what it was designed for. The problem is that everyone equates the brand “Kindle” with reading paperback novels. That was true for the Kindle 1 as well as the Kindle 2, but not so for the Kindle DX. The KDX was designed to be a large reader for textbooks and newspapers. Ok, so I don’t get the newspaper thing as much as the next blogger, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. The center “scale” is that of a textbook, which is going to be larger and heavier than your run of the mill paperback, just as the KDX is larger & heavier than the K2. I loaded up the KDX with a number of PDFs, some of them being documents from work, and some of them being proper ebooks I’d purchased elsewhere. My single favorite use was actually for keeping a copy of manual PDFs from software I was working with at the time. It allowed me to free up a screen (not like I don’t have 3 LCD’s, but that is beside the point) for other abuses. For real ebooks, I gave HDR: An introduction to High Dynamic Range Photography a try. Granted the KDX isn’t the prime device for viewing HDR pictures, but it worked great for the rest of the “book” portion. If your use of a Kindle is for viewing textbooks, the KDX will take care of you fantastically. Of course, I don’t have that type of use these days. Additionally, I realized something. My netbook cost me $100 less, and is a better PDF reader, than the KDX.
Kindle DX: After the first Day
June 12, 2009
The Kindle DX CC-BY-SA-3.0 Jon Davis There has been plenty written about the Kindle DX, good and bad. There has also been a lot of fighting on whether the device is better or worse, too soon, so on and so forth. I really don’t care about that. I bought one; I got it yesterday; I’m happy. I haven’t been able to spend a ton of time using my Kindle DX (I do have to work and stuff), but I thought I would share at least my initial reactions.
Kindle 2 Review after a few days of use
February 27, 2009
The Kindle 2 As just about everyone knows, the latest generation of Kindle was released this week. All hail our new robotic voiced overlord, the Kindle 2 (K2). Of course, I bought one. It is shiny, new, and I had to have one. Plus my mother really wanted a Kindle after I loaned her my Kindle 1 (K1), so now she’s gotten it. I’ve taken a few days to actually use the device, and I thought I’d share my impressions. Hardware Back of the K2 The first impressions you get from the K2 are from the redesigned hardware. It most definitely has an “iPod-esque” feel to it, the corners are rounded, the back is now some sort of brushed steel look. They also flattened the thing, which is a godsend. One of the strangest parts of the K1 was the angled back and the odd slight angle changes. The screen, outwardly, looks mostly the same as it did before (it now features slightly rounded edges). The keyboard has been redone into small circular buttons, and much to my glee, is no longer curved. While I understood the ergonomics of the K1’s keyboard, it was just silly looking and frankly the keyboard wasn’t that useful. One of the largest complaints of the K1 was the fact that the “Next Page” buttons were so damnably easy to hit. Once I got used to the device, it wasn’t a problem, but there was not a single person I handed it to that didn’t immediately accidentally hit one of the page buttons. The new buttons are smaller, possibly a little too small (as they don’t go low enough for my hands), and much more difficult to push. Specifically, they changed it so the outside of the buttons is anchored and the inside “clicks”. This is going to take a little getting used to for me, since I was a fan of hitting just the edge of the button on the K1. The Kindle 1 (left) and Kindle 2 (Right) I will address the couple complaints I have heard: Removal of SD card slot & the no longer removable battery. In the K2, they bumped the usable internal memory up to about 1500 MB, which works out to about 1,500 books. Really, no one needs removable storage at that point. You can look at it this way: Say you were going to be traveling for 4 years straight, you load the K2 up with 1,500 books before you left and read 1 full book every day (which means you aren’t doing ANYTHING else with your life) for those 4 years… You would still have books left over on the Kindle. If you are out of the country, where the wireless downloads don’t work, you can use USB to transfer new books on to it, just like every other ebook reader (so no, you don’t need Wifi you whiny bastards). You have to have the USB cable anyways — as it is the charging port as well. As to the removable battery, yes, I agree that is sort of annoying. Though, most of the batteries these days are designed to go hundreds of charge/discharge cycles before they significantly lose juice. Say the K2 battery was only good for 200 charges before it lost a good amount of juice, if you were recharging it every week (because you read a book every day), you’d still have about 4 years. At that point, the K2 is still going to work, just for less page turns at a time, and there will be a K3 or K4 out by then.
February 10, 2009
For those playing along at home, the Kindle 2 was announced yesterday. I personally believe that it doesn’t deserve the “2” moniker, maybe “1.5”; it does have some nice changes. Those changes include: USB Recharge, Faster screen refresh, 16 shades of gray (as opposed to the previous 4), stereo speakers, longer battery life, 2GB internal storage (up from 256MB) and an overall slimmer/sleeker/better designed case. Now the unit definitely looks nicer from the pictures, how it actually handles remains to be seen (on February 26th, when mine arrives).
November 20, 2007
For those living under a rock and only reading my blog for _the_ source of tech news (I’m sooo, sooo sorry), the Amazon “Kindle” has been released. Mine is showing up later today (Yes, I bought one). I’ve spent a bit of time digging, researching and generally making a pain of myself. Here’s what I found out: There are already 91,269 books listed in the Kindle store (11 newspapers, 308 Blogs, 8 Magazines) Most paper backs, especially older ones are cheaper on Kindle.