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Great hardware but software lets it down,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite (Electronics)
As a Kindle 3 user I was eager to get one of these. The hardware is beautiful, a great size and i'm not going to miss the keyboard.
Unfortunately as part of the upgrade amazon have changed the software, making useless features like the definitions more prevalent and messing up important features like highlighting. I wouldn't mind these changes if I could disable them but you get very few settings to tweak so this is impossible.
Talking of the software, iBooks really beats the Kindle app when dealing with books you bought directly from the publisher. For example with iBooks for any epub you can highlight some text and see the change on other devices. Amazon only supports this for books bought from Amazon, which is a real pity.
Another issue with the Kindle is it doesn't support ePub (a major issue) or the Adobe eBook platform (so no Google eBooks compatibility) which is a shame. Once you start buying Kindle books direct from Amazon you are definitely locked in.
As I say the hardware is excellent, the device is thin and light and a pleasure to hold. Unfortunately the screen doesn't seem durable so you'll want to add a screen protector (flawed approach) or an (over-priced/bulky) case. To me its a real pity Amazon didn't replicate Apples genius in replicating the best feature about the IPod2, the neat and thin clip-on screen protector.
Anyway overall I like the device but the software is noticably worse than I would expect which is the main reason why I've given it a low score.
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2011 08:56:50 BDT
I've got a Kindle Keyboard 3 and as far as I'm aware the software hasn't changed much(I've just upgraded to 3.3).
When you say 'definitions' do you mean the built in dictionary? That hasn't changed and is one of the best features for me at least.
Is it because of the virtual keyboard in some way?
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2011 15:44:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Oct 2011 19:36:20 BDT
C. Jack says:
As an example on the old UI to start a selection you click to start, navigate, click to end. Simple.
On the new one you start navigating and it shows the definitions, you click to start the highlight. Unfortunately it now shows you a new little horizontal menu where you have to select "start highlight". Even more unfortunately depending on the context (the word after the cursor) the default item is either "start highlight" or something like "full definition". You thus need to wait till its displayed, then navigate to "start highlight". Then when you finish the highlight and click to end it you get another horizontal menu and you have to choose to end the highlight. Talk about making a mess of a simple process.
So the UI (for me) is far far worse because they've turned one of the most useful features into something thats a pain to use.
And just on your final question, lack of the keyboard doesn't bother me one bit as I hardly used it.
Posted on 9 Dec 2011 14:37:31 GMT
You can convert a PDF document into the kindle format by emailing it to your kindle email address. Instructions for this are on the Kindle help pages. The same goes for the EPub format. You can dowload a simple programme like Calibre that converts the EPub format with no problems.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2011 09:27:56 GMT
C. Jack says:
Yeah I use Calibre but find having to do the conversion a bit of a pain. PDFs for me are a non-starter, they don't display acceptably on the device so I've given up on trying that.
Posted on 27 Aug 2012 13:29:06 BDT
I have the original Kindle model, and enjoy the music function, do these later models also have this function?
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 13:07:17 GMT
Caliber has been updated and you may find the new version much better
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