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new Kindle - brilliant!,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite (Electronics)So after reading a lot of the negative reviews, I still went & bought a new Kindle yesterday & glad I didn't just base it on the negative comments - these are some of my reasons:
I bought it to read books on. When was the last time you bought a book and expected it to do anything else other than have pages in it with words on it. Yes, I know that they have some of these other features, and people may like them - however it is an e-reader. Use it as one & you will be happy with it. Try use it for anything else & you may end up being disappointed.
1st impressions of it - not much to it & it just works.
I don't care about having audio - I buy books to read, not to have them read to me (that's what an MP3 player is for & is good at)
I don't care that the browser may not work (that's what a PC/Mac/iPad etc.., are used for and they are good at it)
Some people say that the text is not as crisp or clear as a book, or it doesn't have the same feel as a book - bah humbug to you. It's not a book. If you want to hold a book & have the same feel as a book - please buy a book.
A few people complained about the lack of a keyboard & that the new controller was a problem - really? I got my 8yr old daughter to try it out last night and she had no issues. I can only suspect that people having issues either have a defective unit, or maybe don't have the finger dexterity that they would need. Anyone familiar with using a mobile phone should have no problems using this new interface. Besides, for people who never mark up anything and only want to read (like me), you'll probably never need to use the keyboard after the initial setup very often anyway.
To those of you who are complaining about the price differences between the UK & the US - get over it. yes, there is a $79 version (roughly £52), however you still have to pay tax in the US, so you can add at least another £5 - £10 to this price depending on which state you live in. Did anyone also read that the cheapest one comes with advertising & sponsored screensavers? those companies are effectively subsidising the cost of the Kindle to us end users. Take the Kindle that is exactly the same that we buy here & you're see it's actually $109 plus tax. So there is not much difference in cost at all really, other than we are unable to buy a version that is subsidised by corporate advertising. Not really an Amazon issue or an issue with the Kindle itself - please leave feedback on the actual product, and not about why you won't be buying it because of cost.
I love the reduced packaging as I have less to throw away and there is just a little bit left of the world that hasn't needed to have been dug up/processed just to make a product look nicer for us. I guess some people are expecting more when they open it up & feel deflated when all they get is what they bought plus a cable. No longer do we see a mass of eco unfriendly packaging, pull out nicely packaged cables/connectors & power supply, then get to go through a heap of booklets in different languages & then finally after the excitement & anticipation has built up you finally get to the actual Kindle. Sorry guys, it's just not going to be like when you were a kid opening Xmas presents. Open the box & what you see is pretty much what you get - the Kindle, a cable & a thin 1 page guide to the device. Can't get any better!
As for the power supply not being provided - why do we need yet another power supply? Another plus for those of us wanting to get companies to do their bit to help reduce our impact on the environment. Admittedly if you don't own a PC, or have a mobile phone or any other device that has a USB connection or plug that can be used to charge a standard USB device, then you'll need one. Is suspect this is a very small percentage of people though.
Some people complained that there were no instructions - ok, so they could have included a 1 line sentence on the paper guide they include saying that to turn it on for the 1st time, press & hold for 7 seconds. Once it's turned on though, there is a Kindle user guide on the front screen, why do I need yet another printed copy of it that will only end up going in recycling! I got this to reduce the amount of printed literature I have.
Hope that helps, and please don't let all the negative comments put you off - especially as most of them don't actually relate to the product himself!
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Posted on 11 Feb 2012 18:48:34 GMT
This is the best review I have read in a long time. I chuckled a few time as you have hit the nail right on the head. I love my kindle. I wanted it to read books, pure and simple.
I did buy one addition which was a case for it that supports the kindle in an upright posistion sa that I can read and knit at the same time. It came with a LED light for less than £12.00 total. I can now not only knit and read in bliss, but my husband can have our bedroom dark to sleep in as I can read my kindle with complete ease and not disturb him.
The case keeps my kindle clean and the screen protected from marks and scratches.
Posted on 11 Feb 2012 19:05:40 GMT
In response to JlShaw, Can I just say buying is dead simple, but before you go buying any books which first time I was very nervous about, I am no longer I might add. May I suggest you go on Amazon kindle free kindle books.
You will be staggered how many 100's of books are free.
Switch your kindle on. At the side of the book you fancy, click BUY even though its says buy it will come up free. 60secs later it is in your kindle and you are reading it.
On A LIGHT NOTE, MY 1sT ATTEMPT, I WAS MIND BLOWN AWAY BY THE SHEER CHOICE OF FREE BOOKS, that I could not decide which one, hubby said "for gods sake get any one it is only a try out. so I stuck a pin in the page and ended up with broadmoore reveiled. My husband nearly chooked laughing, so not my book. Wrong I read every page.
To buy one just press Buy ,using i click and it goes straight in the kindle, 60 secs later I had it. You do have to confirm you want it don't worry.
Posted on 15 Feb 2012 11:58:47 GMT
Mrs. Sarah C. James says:
Thank you for the most frank review i have ever read!!!
Posted on 6 Mar 2012 07:28:13 GMT
D. Lewis-Brindley says:
For a comparative luddite this review was really helpful, particularly about turning it on for the first time,Thank you
Posted on 19 Mar 2012 17:33:11 GMT
One of the best reviews by far. Everything said with a good sense of humour. This is what all product reviews should be like. True and to the point. If you cannot figure out the kindle, just maybe you should not be left alone.....
Posted on 28 Mar 2012 00:27:06 BDT
Clare Crane says:
round of applause :)
Posted on 8 Apr 2012 15:34:07 BDT
Scatty But Happy says:
Absolutely brilliant. A person that actually speaks plain English.
Posted on 10 Apr 2012 17:25:10 BDT
one of the only reviews not trying to find unnecessary fault with it, thanks!