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9-29-2010 @ 8:35PM
I bought a Kindle 2 back in February of 2009, and just upgraded to a Kindle 3 about a month ago. I love, love, love them.1.) The screen is amazing to read on, especially since the latest generation came out with even better contrast. I don't miss not having backlighting at all--there are lights to read by just about everywhere, and you can get cheap clip-on lights if you need them. (The K3 even has an optional cover with a built-in light that's powered by your Kindle itself, but I skipped it 'cause I didn't want the extra weight.)2.) The storage capacity is awesome. It used to be when I'd travel I'd bring practically a whole bag just of books. Now, I shove my Kindle into my purse, and maybe pack an extra paperback or two.3.) The physical design is solid. TBQH I initially preferred the pageturn buttons on the K2--the K3's are MUCH smaller and took a lot of getting used to. What helped a lot was when I realized I could orient the text in any of four directions--so I flipped it upside-down. Now I read with the text flipped like that all the time, which puts the page-forward buttons in a spot where it's much more comfortable for me to hold the Kindle. Overall, though, it's great--mindblowingly thin and light, really. Probably one of the best physical changes on the K3 was the update to the selector from the weird nubbin thing--pushing a switch repeatedly took a lot longer than pushing a button, like you do now.4.) The charge lasts for-fucking-ever. I've got weeks without plugging it in, and even when the battery is almost out, it just keeps going and going and going. As long as you leave the wireless turned off, you never have to worry about walking away and coming back to find the battery drained, either--outside of 3G/WiFi, it only uses power when it changes the display.5.) In general, the GUI is pretty decent. For sure, the current crop of text display options are good: multiple fonts, a wide range of sizes, orientation options, etc. The menus are pretty easy to navigate.Here are the things I don't like:1.) I still think they slimmed down the pageturn buttons too much on the K3. I actually find myself hitting them accidentally more now than I did on the K2, and I found them much harder to find a comfortable reading position for (until I flipped the display).2.) DRM. Ugh, ugh, ugh. Hurry up and let me "lend" books to friends already. (And don't tell me the Nook has this feature so I should switch--it only has it for those books where the publisher has enabled it, and you can only do it once.) And figure out a way to let people get library ebooks while you're at it.3.) You can only create "collections" on the Kindle itself, which is tedious using its small keyboard. (A collection is a sorting method that works kind of like labels in GMail--a single book can be classified under multiple collections.) What it needs is an application like iTunes (only not as annoying as iTunes) that would let you manage your library, including rewriting the information (e.g., author/title) on non-DRM works and creating and assigning collections. Or, hell, just let me create folders on the Kindle's drive and drag and drop items into them.Reading on my Kindle is the closest experience I've ever had to living in the future, if you know what I mean. There's something just so sci-fi about it.
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