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How long does a kindle last?

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 8:39:23 AM PDT
Two in one blow!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 8:43:33 AM PDT
That's great Louis! Such a simple solution too. I predict Roy's suggestion is going to help a lot of people.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 8:46:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 12, 2012 9:08:35 AM PDT
Sometimes I grieve for all the Kindle owners out there (there must be thousands) who don't know about simple fixes like Roy's reset ... or about TTS on books they already may own and hooking audible sounds into your car stereo ... or about Collections ... or about adding your own self-generated content ... or about freebie books and where to find them ... or that you can register all the Kindles in your family to the same acct ... or that your Fire isn't readable in the sunshine, etc.

I am VERY fortunate to have learned so much from the people here!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 8:46:38 AM PDT
Reset/Reboot solves most software problems. It's usually the first thing Kindle Customer Service has you do.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 8:49:33 AM PDT
So very true. Those Kindle owners who come here to seek a solution or offer assistance are just the tip of the iceberg. The larger portion never get here.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 8:55:32 AM PDT
Actually, I did try to reset it, even before Roy suggested it - however I didn't hold that switch down long enough, so holding it for a full 30 seconds was the trick.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 8:55:55 AM PDT
Honestly that should be your first step for ANY electronic device that is misbehaving. "So, how do I reboot this thing?" TVs, Cars, Roombas, all sometimes need to be told "Ok, whatever it is you are trying to do, just stop. Start again from the beginning." (Works for people too, but we don't come with a convenient button.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 9:06:21 AM PDT
I think there is a button, but the trouble is that for it to work, application of a 2x4 is sometimes required.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 9:18:17 AM PDT
Ha-Ha! So true ;-)

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 3:47:23 PM PDT
A. Carpenter says:
Any solutions for when the screen fritzes out? Half black, half lined. Tried the reboot.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 4:57:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2012 4:58:36 PM PDT
Robin says:
I've read that the line's show up when the screen has been comprimised. Apparently the escreen is delicate and pressure from bouncing around in handbags, flimsy cover's, etc, are the main culprit.

I am afraid that rebooting won't help if the screen is the problem.

Just a few weeks ago my first attempt of the day to wake up my kindle touch didn't work. I hit the botton on the bottom to get started and got an ad. Tried the menu button, got a different ad, tried the bottom button again for a sec, same thing.

Then I remembered what I learned here and hit that bottom button for a full 30! Can't say for sure, but I may have talked to KT while I held the button down; I recall hearing "Momma loves ya"..get better please.. ;}

TC, Robin

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 6:40:26 PM PDT
A. Carpenter says:
Ugh. Thanks. They want to send me a new one for a mere $150, which kind of set me off considering all the books I buy. Still thinking about what to do. I wish I weren't so addicted to the thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 7:02:28 PM PDT
Robin says:
I understand, I treat my KT like I would a furbabe. I make sure it is fed (charged) give it a nice place to sleep (away from possible real furpaws) provide good housing (a protective cover).. :}

Amm CS and their policy's are pretty good, so it look's like you may have accidently broken your screen and this is why a reboot isn't working. Actually the reboot may be working but you can't see it because your screen is the problem.

The only thing I am confused about is the price. That sure seem's alot to me for a replacement. I don't think that I have ever seen a replacement for more than $75. (refurbished). Perhap's this isn't a refurbished device? What kind of kindle do you have?

I wish I wasn't so addicted to the thing too! My Sis told my Mother "she talks about that thing alot!" :=)

TC, Robin

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 7:27:39 PM PDT
My Kindle 2nd Generation only lasted 2 years before the screen stopped working. I'm really bummed. Do most of them only last two years?

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 8:27:03 PM PDT
I still have my K2 still working well so won't be buying anything new soon

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 2:41:03 PM PDT
I bought a K1 in 2008 and it is still going strong. I LOVE the fact that the battery is user replaceable and that there is an SD card slot...something the newer Kindles DO NOT have. I bought a Kindle 2, sent it back because it was inferior to the K1, then bought a Kindle 3 (keyboard), which is still going strong. Bought a Kindle Touch for my sister-in-law, and Kindle Fire 1st gen to watch instant video movies with (mostly). For me, the K1 is still the best, though lacking in the newer features. Amazon refuses to update software for older units, preferring instead to issue new units with new features, leaving the old units to rot (software wise); I suppose to encourage you to buy new every year.

I still use my K1 and like it the best because of the SD card slot and user replaceable battery.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 2:54:38 PM PDT
Gomb says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2012 3:01:05 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Oh right, and Apple products never fail. Give me a break. Also Apple does not offer an ereader. The cost of the iPad is not just a few dollars more. Let's see, if you buy a new $70 Kindle every year it would take 7 years to come up to the cost of the lowest price iPad. I suppose the New iPad will be around in 7 years and not obsolete...

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 4:14:00 PM PDT
M. J. Evans says:
My K2 was just over 2 years old when I noticed the battery charge wasn't lasting. Shortly thereafter, with the wireless off, I was charging it every other day, and soon after I had to plug it in every night. That's the one bad feature about the newer Kindles -- you can't change the battery. I called Amazon and they replaced it, but they sent me the Kindle Keyboard, the slightly smaller version of the K2 and I don't like it. The response on it is soooo much slower than the K2 when paging through to find something to read.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 4:19:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 13, 2012 4:20:03 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
You can change the batteries, there are instruction videos on youtube and kits you get can for about $30 that includes the tool needed to do the job.

It is not that difficult to do.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 4:35:18 PM PDT
TuxGirl says:
My k2 (got it shortly after release) is still being heavily used by my mom. My k3 (got it on release day) was being heavily used until my paperwhite arrived on 10/2. My k1 got retired when I got the k2,since my mom already had a k1,and neither hubby nor dad are heavy readers. My fire1 just got handed off to mom (hers was lost/stolen recently), and is still running wonderfully. My fireHD is in great shape. I've never had a kindle fail catastropically, and that's despite all the efforts of the munchkin (almost 3). Hopefully, the paperwhite and fire hd will survive the munchkin and her upcoming brother...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2012 4:44:28 PM PDT
My kindle lasted 14 months then totally fried itself, they do not seem to last. I would suggest when buying one get the extra warranty.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2012 4:48:50 PM PDT
My kindle lasted 14 months then totally fried itself, they do not seem to last. I would suggest when buying one get the extra warranty.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2012 6:09:58 AM PDT
That's exactly how long mine lasted.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 6:28:45 AM PDT
Capeach says:
I got my K2 in the Spring of 09 and it is still going strong.

My mother has pre-ordered the new Kindle Fire as my birthday/Christmas present. I'm hoping I'll like it as much as my K2!
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