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How long should a Kindle last? Three years, apparently.


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Initial post: 17 Feb 2012 14:03:53 GMT
Willber G says:
There have been many threads relating various hardware failures and what people's expectations should be wrt the life of a Kindle. Here is an exerpt from Amazon's 2011 Annual Report:

"Revenue related to 3G wireless access and delivery and software upgrades is amortized over the average life of the device, which is estimated to be three years."

People can make their own minds up as to what they expect from their devices and how they use this information during discussions with Amazon in the event of a failure.

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 14:08:43 GMT
Hmm. I hope mine'll last longer. I guess they take into account upgraditis, which some people suffer from, and must therefore lower the averages artificially - it won't all be irretrievable breakdown!

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 14:08:44 GMT
The life of most modern electronic devices is determined by the marketing force put behind the launch of 'new & improved' models and folks abandoning current models for these.. The lion battery would probably be the 'technical' life limiter - around 5 years for it to die?

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 14:10:37 GMT
I'll start saving now! Regardless of when my beloved 3G goes bye bye I'll be replacing it the same day.

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 14:12:46 GMT
I feel the same! Shall we start a jam jar? Coppers or silver? 20ps would add up fairly quickly... Perhaps we should 'invest' 20p in the Kindlejar for every freebie we buy?!

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 14:14:55 GMT
That's a good idea! I will have the money in no time!

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 14:16:16 GMT
BattyB says:
It would have to be a jar that can't be opened - I'm so weak-willed

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 14:21:56 GMT
J. H says:
I think people who expect it to last 3 years are living in cloud cookoo land!

I'm just pleased to have gotten 18 months out of mine now, if it breaks down on me, I'll replace it.

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 14:35:38 GMT
Hmm. I'm quite taken with this idea... I think I've 'bought' 21 freebies since discovering that they exist, thanks to this forum. That's a lot of 20ps I owe my jar already! A coffee jar seems right, since coffee and Kindle go togather nearly as well as coffee and cake.

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 14:52:17 GMT
I better go and eat all the pickled onions so I have a jar!

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 15:15:13 GMT
Daphne says:
useful info thanks Wilber

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012 15:21:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Feb 2012 15:21:59 GMT
BeeJayTee says:
Do it in style Sis - in the bath like old man Steptoe.

Edit - thank you Wilbur.

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 15:24:01 GMT
Useful info: thank you! 3 years seems pretty reasonable - as I've said elsewhere, I think anything which costs so much (as the cheapest version is still almost 90 quid) I would want to last for a few years before I had to think about replacing it. Each to their own, but to me, that's a not "disposable item" kind of price range!

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 16:25:23 GMT
CallmeAng says:
Oh dear,so I can expect my lovely little kindle to give up the ghost some time in October 2014 then! Sob,sob
Angela:)

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 16:26:55 GMT
Don't think of it as giving up more as making way for the new shiny model...like men do with first wives!

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 16:28:57 GMT
Hippocratia says:
I would be seriously annoyed if mine only lasts 18 months. I expect electronic goods to last several years (by which I generally mean 5!), but I may very well be living in the past.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012 16:30:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Feb 2012 16:31:11 GMT
Me too, Hippocratia - I don't count anything that expensive as "disposable", though some people evidently do! I'll hope mine lasts _at least_ three years, though I shan't complain if it hangs on longer than that.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012 16:33:07 GMT
CallmeAng says:
Nor me,tiggrie,I'll be very happy if mine hangs on a lot longer than 3 years :)
Angela :)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012 16:38:27 GMT
Hippocratia says:
It is definitely not "disposable", and I do consider it to be an expensive, albeit much-loved and well-used, piece of equipment!

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 16:39:55 GMT
Does this depend on how often it is used? I tend to use mine mostly for going on holiday to save the weight of a load of books.

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 16:48:33 GMT
AnneDon says:
If mine breaks down in three years (I've only had it for a month), I'll be very annoyed! I expect technology to last longer than that. My son is using my first computer, which we've had since 2005; it has a 75gb hard drive, and I increased the RAM to 2gb. (I got a laptop with larger capacity). I expect my Kindle (which was a gift) to last a similar amount of time. Upgrades aside, surely the point is that there are no moving parts, so there's little that can go wrong with it? After all, the first Kindles can't be 3 years old yet, and I have books I bought 30 years ago!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012 16:49:34 GMT
Indeed :D

I still gulp when I think about how much it cost, but I wouldn't willingly be without it now.

"Hi, I'm Sarah, and I'm a Kindleholic."

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 16:50:28 GMT
S. Hanmer says:
To be fair, Amortization on any small elecronic device would not go beyond three years, including laptops, pc's etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012 16:50:59 GMT
Hippocratia says:
Kindlers Anonymous is what we are.....

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012 16:57:45 GMT
griFFo says:
I have a bank account in Nigeria we could use. Send me your bank details and I will sort everything out :-)
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