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New Kindle - Amended,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite (Electronics)
Could be a good product but the incredibly short battery life makes it totally impractical. I was given it as a gift and have had to charge it every day since receiving it. Wireless is turned off but I cannot turn off the screen saver although the manual says this doesn't use power.
When I do charge it the screen shows a static image of a battery & connection and doesn't even flash or otherwise indicate it is actually charging. I assume it's charged through the USB connection because I received no mains cord.
When it does finally charge there is an issue too. It may seem minor but a surely it should show a picture of the book's cover for just a little visual interest.
Very disappointing as I was excited to get it and the concept is great. I guess I should save up for an Ipad which, while a lot more expensive, offers more functions and usefulness.
From the initial posting I have been impressed by Amazon's response. The reset suggested did not improve so I am returning/exchanging the unit as I believe that it could be a great product if the battery life is as suggested.
Obviously an Ipad would not offer a greater battery life & friends have said that it's not as natural reading at night.
The kindle, in it's brief charge, is a great reading experience, I actually prefer it to a book hence my disappointment. Would still like to see graphic representations of book covers on the menu screen though.
Thanks for all the responses.
Received the new kindle and impressed so far. A week & a half of light use has hardly dented the charge so here's hoping.
Very impressed with Amazon's customer service.
Repeat the thanks for all the responses, especially the one about skipping back pages to see the cover.
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Initial post: 8 Nov 2011 13:52:51 GMT
Why haven't you returned it? Sounds faulty to me....
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 13:53:14 GMT
You should have bought the keyboard version. Battery life twice as long.
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 17:53:49 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2011 01:58:10 GMT
Does sound like a faulty device: I read A LOT and leave wi-fi on, but have yet to charge more than 2x in a week... and on neither of those occasions did I allow the battery to fully deplete.
To be fair to the OP - Kindle books tend to open at the beginning of the body of text. Most of Kindle books have covers and interim pages ahead of this point (including copyright details and Tables of contents), but are set to open at the 'beginning'. This isn't a fault but between reviews of this Kindle, reviews of previous generations of Kindle and forum comments is something that comes up quite frequently. It's disconcerting to begin with when you're used to print books (though quite handy once you're accustomed to it), and makes the Kindle feel technically less capable than the screensavers suggest. You can display the cover by selecting 'Menu > go to > cover' but the underlying setting jumps you straight to the beginning of the text.
Charging-wise, the USB lead doubles up - you need to buy a USB to mains plug to connect it to. Lots of mobile phone adapters do this, as well as the branded Kindle adapters.
Posted on 9 Nov 2011 09:51:27 GMT
Mr D.K Lind says:
The Kindle IS a a good product. However, in your case I suspect you received a faulty one and should contact Amazon for a replacement.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2011 20:47:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Nov 2011 20:48:21 GMT
i agree, with this review, get a bloody paperback book, cant beat em.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2011 20:49:35 GMT
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Posted on 30 Nov 2011 10:31:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Nov 2011 10:33:04 GMT
Get a Sony Reader - this new Kindle is basically a copy of it in size, with the touchscreen and no keyboard. I've had mine almost a year now and have yet to have any problems. Battery life is great, it lasts around a week reading 3-4 hours a day and you're not tied to Amazon for buying books (which was the reason I didn't get a Kindle in the first place). Between Waterstones, WHSmith and Kobo I have never had a problem finding the book I want (unless of course, it hasn't been released as an epub yet)
It doesn't have wifi or 3g though which suits me fine, after the whole Animal Farm drama with the Kindle I'd rather access to my reader without my knowledge is restricted.
Posted on 2 Dec 2011 21:06:39 GMT
To show a picture of the cover you need to turn backa few pages, it tends to skip to the first page of the book.
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