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Initial post: Feb 28, 2009 1:03:50 PM PST
If you had the choice between the Kindle 1 and Kindle 2, pretending all factors are equal (cost, cases, etc...) which would you buy?

I am going to be getting one and need to decide whether to go with the Kindle 1 or 2. I've used a Kindle 1 and like it just fine. I'm somewhat torn, as I know the new one is lacking the SD slot and the user-replaceable battery. However, I also know of the many upgrades that are intriguing to me such as the 5-way rocker switch which seems like it would vastly improve navigation ease and speed.

So, which one would you get if you didn't have one and could get either?

Thanks everyone!

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 1:18:12 PM PST
I'm staying with my K1 because many people have found the K2 not as easy to read. I've seen some pictures comparing the 2 and oddly enough, the K1 just looks clearer. Of course, some people have said their K2 is clearer and brighter than their K1 but they seem to be in the minority. There's also reports of more ghosting on the K2

I don't really need all the other features of the K2 (ex. better design, better navigation, text to speech etc) so I'm sticking with my K1 (who is not even a year old yet!)

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 1:45:01 PM PST
Linda L. Roy says:
I've had my Kindle 1 for almost a year and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new Kindle 2. It should be here any day now. I find the page turner on the right side to be much too large and is the main reason that I was interested in the 2. It is difficult to grip while reading laying down (turning pages without meaning to). I look forward to comparing the two Kindles. I play to give my 1 to my daughter (who reads almost as much as I but has to work, haha as I am retired, I have lots of time for reading).

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2009 1:53:51 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2009 2:51:13 PM PST
Just got my K2
It's replacing the K1
I've had since day 1
Overall so far
I'd say
K2 disappears better
than K1

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 3:14:01 PM PST
PattyLouise says:
How does everyone feel about the cost of books for Kindle...I love the $9.99 price and prefer not to spend more...what if the cost of downloads was much higher...where does everyone stand on this isssue...

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 3:31:12 PM PST
I check other sellers like Fictionwise and Booksonboard and buy whichever is the cheapest. If the ebook is same price as or cheaper than regular book, I'd buy the ebook. If it's more, I'd wait as the price will usually drop. That $9.99 is an incredibly low price and may not be sustainable for Amazon. I've bought books that cost way more that $9.99 so the price itself is not that much an issue.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2009 3:48:42 PM PST
I now have both. I'll give the K1 to my brother who, almost, travels as much as I do. K2 is expensive and now without my sd card for pda backup, more of a pain in the neck to travel without my world phone, or computer. BUT it so easy on the eyes. I'm an international flight attendant and I read a lot! It's lighter BUT gee whiz I had to purchase so much stuff for it to feel that I was pretecting it from damage. So K1 vs K2? How many books do you read? I already have 51 on my K1 so I'd total out in 4-5 years. K2 made sense. Hope this helps. Elaine

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 5:41:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 28, 2009 5:43:54 PM PST
K1 without question is the superior hardware item. SD card, replaceable battery, easy scroll - push wheel, included cover, silent page turns, bolder type, and with the new software update: delete content without going to content manager, and zoom on pictures. Also, K1 seems to have a smaller footprint with the same size screen. I've heard the K2 has a slippery surface (how many people seem to be reporting dropping the thing), very limited storage, weird greenish tinge to a darker background screen with hard buttons to push and hard back to scratch surfaces. Also the print seems lighter and more washed out on the K2.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 9:31:44 PM PST
Would stick with the K1, which I have. It already does everything I need it to do. Remember, "new and improved" is not always "new and improved", nor is it always necessary. Besides, I have enough other electronic devices that I end up having to upgrade way too often as it is already.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2009 9:58:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 28, 2009 10:00:36 PM PST
Dictum says:
I have a K1. Although the page turn buttons are somewhat funky, I'm used to them now. I really like that I can take out the SD card and can replace the battery. A K1 likely would not have the full warranty, however.

I've viewed a friend's K2: it has some improvements. Thin may be good (I'm ambivalent on the ergonomics). The dictionary seems easier to view. It has text to speech. The screen would be better for photos/drawings, but not for text.

Some of these factors may be of particular importance to you. Both Ks are nice, but I have no plans to acquire a K2 until my K1 dies a natural death.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 11:25:42 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 28, 2009 11:26:53 PM PST
I guess I am in the minority. I liked the K1, but I love the K2. I don't care about the SD card since I am never going to fill up the internal storage. I would like a user replaceable battery, but I wouldn't trade a thicker K2 for it.

The screens are pretty much the same. 16 shade greyscale is nice, but I really don't think it adds that much.

For everything else, and I mean everything, the K2 is better. Screen turns are faster, battery lasts longer, buttons (both page turn and keyboard) are more convenient, user control is far better with the five way controller, internet speed is much faster, dictionary is more convenient, and it is much much thinner. The K1 made a huge lump in my coat pocket. The K2 just disappears.

I suppose cognitive dissonance will convince people of a lot, but after using the K2 for a week, I can't imaging anyone preferring the K1 for any reason. Except maybe if you wanted to fill up a huge SD card with Music/Audiobooks.


Posted on Feb 28, 2009 11:58:52 PM PST
I love (and still use) my K1, but I REALLY love the K2! Navigation is vastly improved with the 5-way joystick. No more accidental page turns. The browser is better. The search function is better. Yes, the cover costs extra but now it has special hooks that secure the Kindle and prevent it from falling out. The 16-bit grayscale is vastly superior for images--as is the software support for panning and zooming images with the joystick. The <Shift><ALT>1-9 feature (undocumented, try it!) allows you to change the character and line spacing as well as the font size so that you can find exactly the right setting for your eyes. The Text-to-Speech quality is surprisingly good! The negatives are no user replaceable battery and no SD card. iPods don't have user replaceable batteries and no one is seriously complaining about that. As for the SD card, I have a 2GB SD card in my K1 which is less than 10% full and I have hundreds of books on my K1. So many, in fact, that I have taken to deleting them to eliminate home screen clutter. (Please give us folders as a software upgrade, Amazon!) The K2 has 2GB built in.

The K2 is the superior reader, but it has not made the K1 obsolete. This is a good thing, because now the entry level Kindle is a used K1--which can be had for about $250.


David Emberson

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2009 1:14:00 AM PST
A. Gilliam says:
I've a K1, my wife has a K2. If I had to plunk down $360 again for one, I'd get a K1.

On balance, the nifty things in K2 (and there are some nifty things) aren't enough to overcome the basic usability problems I've had with the K2. Not just things like being able to swap libraries with the SD card but actually clicking those damn internally variable buttons (the inside of the button varies, the outside is the hinge) which not only are annoyingly smaller but are difficult to operate in every -- and I do mean every -- position in which I hold a Kindle. Add to it I'd have to give up my carefully selected and hand-created custom screen saver images too.

Posted on Mar 1, 2009 1:43:57 AM PST
Nobody says:
Jeremy, I've never used a Kindle 1, but I'd go with the 2 in any case because I'd want to buy from Amazon (to get the warranty and the return option) and the 2 is all they're selling.

Posted on Mar 1, 2009 1:49:00 AM PST
Glen says:
I have both,and they're both great...You can't go wrong with either one,just get one!!

Posted on Mar 1, 2009 2:25:42 AM PST
My2cents says:
I just got my K2 . Never owned, used or even seen a K1.

Yes the K2 is slippery.. I'll definitely dig up some of those "grip strips" designed for laptops and stick them on the back and maybe the front. It's kludgey and sad that Amazon didn't think to make it easier to grip form the beginning. What do you want to bet there will be Kindle specific grippers for the K2 in a month or so...

Yes iPods have non user replaceable batteries. BUT as far as I know at least up to the 5G iPod "kits" were widely available to replace the battery anyway. Those more in the know can say weather the latest iPods and probably the K2 will find the tools and battery kits available in a year or so.

LAST GRIPE: I do not like the charger sticking straight out... just begging to get broken. If I was designing it I would have made it "L" shaped so the bulk of the hard plastic layed parrallel to the bottom edge and therefore much less likely to be broken off. Well thats my 0.4 cents
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