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Initial post: May 26, 2012 2:58:32 AM PDT
Cherie says:
My husband and I do not have Kindle's yet. I want to get him one to take with him on his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. I would like some feedback from other soldiers that have used a Kindle on deployment. Can you download new books, etc... while you are there or only take what you have. I have to consider battery life, I don't know how often you are able to charge it. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

Posted on May 26, 2012 3:01:16 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
(KINDLE FORUM PRO)
not the Kindle Fire = short battery life (8 hours per charge) and no streaming media (videos, music, etc)

I can say that because it doesn't work in Europe

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 3:09:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2012 3:38:38 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
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Cherie, not a soldier here.

Any e-ink Kindle will do. The little Kindle is probably the most robust one, but I am guessing here.

Ability to download books will depend on infrastructure they have at the base. If they have a VPN Internet tunnel to the USA as I guess they do, both downloading via WiFi and computer and USB should work (provided that they have a WiFi hotspot and/or a computer with USB access).

But I would load the device with content prior to deployment, just in case.

Good luck!

Edit: srsrmith reminded me that the device I linked to does not have text to speech feature (or any kind of audio). Kindle Touch 3G indeed looks as the best option.

Posted on May 26, 2012 3:10:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2012 3:11:52 AM PDT
As long as your account shows US as the country, he'll be able to download new books with a wifi connection. Once when I tried to purchase a new book, a pop up asked me if I was travelling since I was outside of my stated country. I use the Kindle Touch.

Good luck to your husband.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 3:14:33 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
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Then it's even easier than I thought :o)

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 3:18:08 AM PDT
srsmith says:
My son (AF) was there! I'll pray for your husband & his team. I did my research for last Christmas. What you need is a Kindle touch with wi fi & 3G. It also is text-to-speech enabled but the Fire isn't. I love having it read to me on long drives! I got that for my son & he was grateful because he knew it works overseas. Hope that helps!

Posted on May 26, 2012 3:19:45 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
You might want to consider a hard case to carry it in when not in use as well. The screens are pretty fragile and if too much pressure is put on it it could break.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 3:43:11 AM PDT
Cherie - My BIL is currently deployed in Afghanistan. Depending upon where he will be based, I would not count on wi-fi being readily available.

One of the e-ink Kindles will be the best. Most of the Fire's functions will not work there at all.

If I were you, I'd pre-load it with as many books as possible before he is deployed. He may be able to download books from a PC via USB cable, but as I said, wi-fi access is certainly not guaranteed.

And a good sturdy cover will be a must. Any pressure or torque applied to the screen can damage it.

Thank him for his service. And thank you, too. I know how much work my sister does 'keeping the home fires burning'.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 3:54:27 AM PDT
srsmith says:
That's why it's important to have the 3G also.

Posted on May 26, 2012 5:10:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2012 7:10:37 AM PDT
NG says:
Real Answer: Kindle Keyboard 3G no ads

According to this (experienced) post: "spacemonkeyy says: You should def get him the 3g wifi.. Its going to help him out in the long run. There are wifi spots here in afghan and flying in and out he can use the 3G. Its the best bargain anyways! " http://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdPage=2&cdThread=Tx1EF64LBZXJ8A2

According to this link, 3G in Afganistan (some places) goes live next month: http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-implement-3g-services-in-next-one-month-870

Of course you can't COUNT on a telecom project working to schedule, nonetheless for the chance of connectivity, you should get it.

Kindle keyboard will let him use the 3g for little things LIKE EMAIL. The Touch's 3g can't be used for anything but buying from Amazon. Not a bad thing, but YOU surely want him to have Email too. Tell him to be careful about OPSEC.

Former Military Telecom Architect

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 5:25:37 AM PDT
Sarida says:
Thank you both for your service to our country!

Posted on May 26, 2012 5:44:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2012 5:52:58 AM PDT
I would definitely get the Kindle Keyboard with 3G--the browser 3G will go more places and might prove of use--I was stationed in Japan (hardly a deployment!) during the earthquake and my 3G Kindle was my only functioning internet device. I use a Touch now but fully plan to re-appropriate my old KK from the hubster if I 'go somewhere' again. Also, if he's passing through anywhere he is much more likely to find 3G than a free wifi hotspot.

One thing I experimented with and will work, is if you have access to his Amazon account you can buy a book, select 'transfer by USB' and put it on your computer. This copy of the book will be coded specifically to the Kindle you choose (use the name of the Kindle he takes with him). You can copy that book onto an SD card and if you mail that to him he can then plug it into a computer (I don't know his environment, but some people do go with laptops) and use the USB to transfer it to his Kindle. I've tried the SD card as an intermediary to put books on both my own Kindle and my son's Kindles...making sure I specified the correct Kindle and it worked well. Try that a few times, and if your husband will be gone more than a few months then maybe you can send him a card with some new books. I would still preload plenty though and play around ahead of time to make sure you know what to do--I'm a 'learn by doing' sort and found that easy.

Definitely get him one of the hard shells/shockproof cases. And maybe consider a spare USB cable. I'd get the version with ads, they are innocuous and the device is cheaper that way. Oh, and baby wipes. Not for the Kindle, but for him :).

JTG

edited to add: And a light, like the OCTOVO Solis e-reader Light for Kindle (Fits the Kindle Touch, New Kindle, Kindle Keyboard & Nook Touch), or Kandle by Ozeri LED Book Light in White -- Designed for the Amazon Kindle (1st and latest generation), Sony Reader and other eBook readers. I like the octovo because it has regular AA or AAA batteries.

This is one hardshell I found: Body Glove E-Reader Travel Hard Shell Case, Black (9112601)

Posted on May 26, 2012 6:50:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2012 6:51:35 AM PDT
Or this one Aluminum Metal Case for Amazon Kindle 2 Silver

ETC Well, the aluminum one for whichever Kindle!

Posted on May 26, 2012 7:23:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2012 7:26:14 AM PDT
I wouldn't count on 3G coverage either. According to the coverage map there isn't any. And it depends, again, on where he is deployed.

http://client0.cellmaps.com/viewer.html?cov=1

They do have access to email via PCs over there, though. He needs to find find out pre-deployment what facilities are provided re: PCs available, etc. A netbook for when he's not in the field may be a good idea, too.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 9:06:41 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
(KINDLE FORUM PRO)
Cherie, the procedure for downloading your purchases via PC that Jackie refers to is described here:

http://amazon.com/kindletransfer

You just, as the final step, copy it to memory card, USB stick or CD-ROM for mailing, and your husband will then copy them via USB from that media to Kindle.

I suppose you will buy devices both for yourself and him. Be sure to register them to the same account.

Posted on May 31, 2012 12:46:08 AM PDT
Cherie says:
I've learned a lot and have decided on the kindle keyboard/3G. Thanks to everyone who took the time to help me! ~Cherie

Posted on May 31, 2012 5:30:43 AM PDT
And, I like the Kindle Basic. I have no need for 3g. My son recently retired from the Air Force and when he was sent to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia part of his job was to get their WiFi up and running quickly. He did. Plus, I have around 500 unread books on my accuont.I could probably do a 2-year deployment to antarctic without a problem.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012 11:25:44 AM PDT
BethW says:
The basic has half the battery life compared to the other e-ink models.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 7:54:11 AM PDT
Terry Lee says:
Hi Cherie,

Kindle Keyboard 3G is the best type for the deployment. I just came back from my deployment to Afghanistan. Many USO office/tents will host free wifi hotspot in Afghanistan but it is extremely slow. Streaming video is not going to be worth it but downloading books from Amazon is not bad. Like others said, preload books before his deployment just in case he is away from wifi hotspots. Many soldiers put their resources together to purchase satellite dish for internet access as well, in that case, with his laptop and KK will have all the Amazon Kindle books that are available. Sturdy case for KK is a must! Good luck and tell your husband to be safe.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 8:17:55 AM PDT
Go with one of the eink kindles for sure. They have a lot more batter life so if he's stuck somewhere away from convenient charging he won't run out of power. The eink kindles can last for weeks on a charge. The Fire is also backlit which may be a bad feature for him in some situations.
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