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Kindle vs. Kindle

No this is not about divorce! This post will probably only matter to anyone considering whether to buy a used Kindle 1 or a new Kindle 2, although I suppose if you were dithering about getting a Kindle at all, you might be interested.

I've had a Kindle 1 for about eight months and a Kindle 2 for about two days, but already I can tell you that Kindle 2 wins this match-up, as least as far as I am concerned.



Kindle 1 is better because—

SD Card: You can buy a 4-GB SD card for it. This means you can swap out cards if you actually fill one up. Since now Amazon has arbitrarily removed books from people's Kindles (after refunding the price) because the publishers changed their minds, this might be more important than one would think. The weird part about this Orwellian behavior is, the books were 1984 and Brave New World, by George Orwell!

Battery: Even though the Kindle 2 battery lasts longer per charge, there is the little matter of not being able to replace the batteries yourself (I wonder if that's what the kiosk-like buildings Amazon has patented are for, or partly for? Kindle repair and service?). In the Kindle 1, you can pop off the back and change the battery yourself.

Booksmarks: Setting a bookmark is more intuitive and easier in a K1. Scroll to the top of the screen and press down on the scroll wheel. Boom! Done! It's not exactly tedious with the K2, but like almost everything else, you do it through the menu.

Wireless control: On a K1, you can look at the back of the Kindle any time and see if the wireless is on, On a K2, you have to take it out of sleep mode to see what shows on the screen indicator. Since the wireless sucks down the battery like nobody's business, this is annoying.

Kindle 2 is better because—

Speed! Almost everything (except bookmarks) is faster on a K2. The page turning is only slightly faster (it was pretty good before), but annotating a text is a lot faster, as is looking up words in the dictionary.

Searchable notes: This is a fantastic feature! Kindle owners have been asking from Day 1 for labels or tags as a way to organize their books, and this change (on the K1, notes you made in books were not searchable) means that you can now tag your books. The trick is to come up with tags that aren't real words so that they occur only in the labels you apply, like mistery, syfy, phantasy, readit, notread, etc.

Text-to-speech: This may not be that big a deal to some folks, especially since some publishers have turned this feature off, but as a writer I love it. I can send my own manuscripts to the K2 and have it read them to me! That's a great way to proof, because the K2 doesn't fill in missing words, or skip over excess ones, like my brain does. I still have to proof for misspellings but this helps a lot.

It's a tie:
The keyboard is a wash. The K1 keys are easier to press but the K2 has a more logical arrangement.

Likewise the case is more secure in the K2, since the Kindle clips into it, but on the other hand there are stories of folks whose Kindles' cases cracked from the new clips.



So now we're a two Kindle family. I told my husband I would try the K2 and let him know which one he was getting. Well, sweetie, congratulations! It's a Kindle 1!





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andrys
Jul. 18th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
K2 and K1
Karen, I am sure with you on the K2 benefits!

A couple of things that might help too.

Re the bookmarking which some do through the menu.
You can bookmark a page by just pressing alt-b

Always at your fingertips, so to speak.

It's a toggle switch, so you can unbookmark it
with another alt-b combo.

Re the notes and tags, some of us use the easier to remember
kind of tag like xhistory xromance xfood

For details (but you've got most of it planned) of what
a couple of other customers recommended, see my entry at
http://bit.ly/folder-tags

Like you, I have been annoyed by the wireless switch status
being unseeable.

Re the case, I've had mine for almost 5 months and used it everyday a few times a day, until I also got the DX for home.

Once, I was in a dark room and opened the case and felt the resistance because I had opened it from the other side and it won't open wide that way (not without damaging the Kindle).

Amazon should have put up a guide cautioning people not to
force it if inadvertently opening the cover from the back. I could feel it right away but sometimes people are in a hurry.

So, it's a design flaw. It shouldn't even happen. Outside of that I love the case though, at least with the K2. Not so fond of the similar one for the DK. But my K2 case hasn't made any kind of mark or stress-areas on my Kindle.

- Andrys
kindleworld.blogspot.com


- Andrys
karen_w_newton
Jul. 18th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Re: K2 and K1
Thats for the tip!
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