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Initial post: 16 May 2012 14:54:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 May 2012 14:56:10 BDT
Ch3rrie says:
Hi everyone,
I've never posted on here or any Amazon discussions so I am sorry if this is asked all the time (Can't see much about it though!)
I would like to buy a kindle. Most probably the Kindle Touch.
I was just wondering if there is much point in me getting 3G. I would most probably be at home most of the time, when we go away, it's only once a year and I have phone internet if I needed the internet. But if we were to ever go abroad, would it work fine without the internet? (I really don't have a clue!)
I can't read while travelling as I feel sick :( and I don't really travel a lot unless it's walking.
I think I just want it because I could get it, but the price difference is a lot if I don't NEED 3G...

Also, is the kindle touch durable? I have a 3 year old and a 14 month old who love to touch everything they are not allowed to, so ideally it would be good just in case they got their hands on it!


Posted on 16 May 2012 15:02:06 BDT
bluecat says:
If you have a phone on which to use the internet and are happy to stock up your kindle before you travel then there is really no need for 3g. The kindle will work find as a reader without 3g or wifi and this is only needed for downloadin or buying books. The only other issue to consider is if you have a subscription to a magazine or newspaper you will be unable to download when you do not have access to wifi.

It depends what you mean by durable - I wouldn't expect it to last long if it was handled by toddlers as the screen can break easily if dropped.

Posted on 16 May 2012 15:48:22 BDT
MS says:
As long as you have home wifi I personally wouldn't bother with 3g. My iphone acts as a wifi hub so if I'm desperate I can connect to it for download anywhere in the world. Some like to browse the net using the 3g on a kindle but can't see the point. Its slow and in black and white. A decent phone is much quicker.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2012 15:52:21 BDT
Brian says:
Hi Cheryl - I don't think there's much point getting the 3G touch , if you have wifi at home.

Posted on 16 May 2012 15:56:56 BDT
Ch3rrie says:
MS, I can use my phone as a hub too, I am sure my partner has told me before. If not, I know his can! I didn't think about that.
No 3G then, I doubt I would ever have a magazine subscription as it isn't in colour and I don't really read newspapers. Means I can get it sooner too :-)

Bluecat, do you know how easily the screen could break? I am so clumsy. I was just going to make myself a sleeve to put the kindle in, but now I am thinking I should get a protective case for it too.

Posted on 16 May 2012 15:59:48 BDT
CBRetriever says:
I've kept all mine in sleeves and never broken one yet, but then I've yet to drop one of them

Posted on 16 May 2012 16:51:23 BDT
MS says:
A case is a must in my opinion. I bought a cheap one off ebay. Someone later upgraded me to an official one which is better. But the ebay one was fine.

Posted on 16 May 2012 16:55:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 May 2012 16:56:21 BDT
Lisa says:
Absolutely don't need it. I got it for my first kindle the keyboard and only used it once to show a friend how it worked. When I go away part of the fun is working out my holiday books before I go. Save your money and buy lots of books with it or a nice cover.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2012 17:00:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 May 2012 18:12:59 BDT
Denis Powell says:
C Tooth, it's not just the risk of dropping the Kindle that can cause damage. If something like a toy was to fall on the screen it could break so I'd certainly recommend a good firm cover although it needn't cost the earth.

As for the 3G when away from home, you can only use it to download books and view the Amazon and Wikepedia sites. General browsing via 3G is disabled. I have the wifi only model and have mobile 3G - similar to tethering to a mobile phone - and that's quite sufficient on the rare occasions I need it. I don't feel it's worth the extra 60 but I'm sure others will.

Edited to add that my comments about 3G refer only to the Touch and not the Keyboard Kindle 3G.

Posted on 16 May 2012 17:47:29 BDT
Ch3rrie says:
Thank you everyone for your helpful replies.
That is a good idea, to use the money I am saving to get a good case and some books!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2012 18:05:44 BDT
Brian says:
Don't spend too much on a case though C - cheap uns can be ok

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2012 18:08:10 BDT
Suze says:
I didn't get 3G for the Touch because I hardly used it on the K3, and I thought an extra 60 a bit excessive. A lot of books can be bought for 60.

Posted on 16 May 2012 19:55:18 BDT
Ch3rrie says:
Thanks Brian. I won't :-)

It feels like my Birthday, I am that excited to get one. Even more happier now you have all saved me 60!

Thanks everyone.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2012 19:58:11 BDT
Brian says:
Good :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2012 19:58:50 BDT
Brian says:
You could get a backup K3 for that

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2012 20:45:53 BDT
Suze says:
Quite a few of us have covered ourselves by taking out the extended warranty.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2012 21:00:53 BDT
Ch3rrie says:
Thanks for the idea, Suze. Just looked at the extended warranty and I'm happy to pay 30 for the extra cover so will most probably get that.
Hoping to get a cheap cover with a light for night reading, and then make a padded sleeve for the days (I sell these so makes sense to use my own lol).

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2012 21:25:59 BDT
Suze says:
Yeah, it does make a lot of sense. I got a good light from eBay last week and so far I'm quite impressed. It was under six quid too.
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