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Initial post: Sep 10, 2012 12:44:56 AM PDT
ababypenguin says:
The new Paperwhite kindle looks amazing, but I really do not like the touch screen kindles. Call me old fashioned but I prefer to use buttons to navigate and turn pages. I am very confused as to why amazon didn't add their front light technology to the kindle 4. Does anyone else agree?

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 12:55:16 AM PDT
Cyberpunk says:
Write to Amazon and let them know.

And yes, I agree with you.


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 1:34:27 AM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
I agree too ababypenguin. I would like the Basic with the Paperwhite screen.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 4:27:39 AM PDT
Suzanne says:
I feel the same way. I actually tried a KT once and returned it, kept my old K2 with buttons. I found my thumb constantly was in movement tapping and moving to uncover a word. It was very distracting, and made holding the kindle with one hand difficult. I would love a paper white, but not unless they make one with page turn buttons!

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 4:32:42 AM PDT
~nospin says:
I am hoping that next year's model will incorporate both touch and buttons so the end user can determine which interface works best for them.

I want buttons but undrstand everyone may not.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 4:33:03 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
They wanted to keep the low price of the Basic Kindle. Next time around they may come out with one with buttons.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 4:37:38 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Yup, that's what I would prefer and would pay, say, $30 more for.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 4:50:04 AM PDT
Leumas says:
I agree with you too.

But here is an idea.....what do you think?

Why not have a touch + page buttons + direction pad. But with the ability to also LOCK the touch so inadvertent screen touches would not matter and then the person can use the buttons to forward and backward pages and even for navigating for word meanings or for highlighting etc.

But then when input is needed then the touch screen can be turned on whenever a keyboard entry is desired etc.

This way it can be a FULL TOUCH for people who desire that but a HALF KEYBOARD for people who prefer that. The only thing is that the Keypad is a virtual one using the touch screen whenever it is required and the screen lock can even be automatically turned off temporarily for the keyboard input.

So a 3G+WiFi Paperwhite with touch screen and paging buttons and direction pad with ability to lock the touch screen so that it would not respond to touching unless keyboard entry is required. But also with at least 4 GB storage or micro SD card slot.

ALSO.....headphone jack for sound need for speakers....just headphones jack which then can be used with external speakers etc. or headphones so that we can still have TTS and mp3 and audible playback.

I wish they would do that....I would buy it in a second even if it was $200 with adds.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 9:28:33 AM PDT
Jason Wood says:
After spending a lot of time with my wife's iPad and seeing how quickly the screen gets dirty with skin oils and fingerprints, I also wanted a Kindle Paperwhite that is not touch controlled but instead has the same button scheme as the Kindle Basic.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 9:42:37 AM PDT
JavaNoire says:
I like buttons at least for the page turns. My KT was replaced twice & is better but still jumps forward extra pages at times. It's also clunky to navigate. I have 51 pages of books on it & when going through the pages it frequently opens a book rather than turning the page. Unfortunately, I gave away the KK b/c I didn't realize how little I liked the KT.

Another potential deal killer with the KPW is the decreased memory. I have less than 400 books on the KT & it's slowed it down almost unbearably. That happened with the KK, too, though I had over 1100 books on it. With the 1100 books over 1/2 the memory was (putatively) 'available' & still it had sloooowed to a crawl. IMO, the number of books one can put on these devices is considerably exaggerated when performance takes such a hit.

Love amazon to bits but I'm not sold on the last 2 generations of the Kindle. I've got my fingers crossed for next year b/c I LOVE the whiter screen & the light, just not the loss of memory & buttons.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 9:53:42 AM PDT
"After spending a lot of time with my wife's iPad and seeing how quickly the screen gets dirty with skin oils and fingerprints, I also wanted a Kindle Paperwhite that is not touch controlled but instead has the same button scheme as the Kindle Basic. "

Fingerprints are an issue with the Fire (I have one ;-) , but NOT with the Kindle screens, which are totally different. I have the Touch and have never had fingerprints show up on its screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 10:03:56 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
Agreed, the e-ink touchscreens are not fingerprint collectors like the LCD's. Unless you are a total chicken wing and barbecue sauce fingered slob, you will be blowing off dust more than you will be wiping off fingerprints.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 11:38:27 AM PDT
John D. says:
I too would prefer real buttons and no touch. But that screen and inbuilt light is so awesome I'll give touchscreen a try in the Paperwhite. Can't wait for mine to arrive! OK, yes, I can wait. But I'm looking forward to it.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 11:49:42 AM PDT
ACG says:
Eh, too bad it's bigger, heavier and only touch screen. Would've liked to have had the light.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 6:02:43 AM PDT
Jason Pen says:
No touch with Paperwhite would be my first choice.
Hardware keys and touch that can be disabled would be my second choice.

I actually got a Nook Glowlight since it has hardware keys and you can disable the touch screen, but the battery life (even without the light on) was terrible, also the size was not great either. So now I'm back to KNT.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2013 6:05:35 AM PDT
Jason, this is a fairly old thread. Just FYI.

You may want to give the Paperwhite a try. I was fully expecting to not like the touchscreen. I was totally is so easy to use, very responsive. I can't imagine going back to a Kindle without a touch screen. I've had several models, the K2i, DXG, and a Basic. The Paperwhite is by far my favorite model.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 6:23:29 AM PDT
YG49 says:
I was just going to post what Meya did. I was not sure I would like the touch screen on a Kindle, I got it and love it.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 6:32:18 AM PDT
I have the PW, among other Kindles. I like the lighted screen, and there are several other features that are excellent - the way it does samples, for example. However, I still prefer page-turn buttons. Put the screen and other features in the little basic with its page-turn buttons, 5-way controller, etc. and I'll buy them by the dozen.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 6:47:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2013 6:49:00 AM PDT
I didn't want a touch screen but I got the Paperwhite and it's fine. I really like the touch keyboard and using touch to highlight a word for the dictionary. Entering a password or search parameters with the 5-way gizmo button thingie is a pain now.

I vote for a hybrid with a touch screen and page forward/back buttons. There are no other buttons I want to use. Why not take advantage of the touch screen and keep the buttons where it makes some sense? A basic with a front-lighted screen and no buttons along the bottom.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 6:52:34 AM PDT
Denise Long says:
I went from a KK to a Kindle PW.
It took me awhile to get use to it
but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2013 8:30:12 PM PDT
Rae says:
I disagree. I have a basic Kindle with the anti-glare screen and I am constantly annoyed by the fingerprints on it. I am always wiping it on my shirt to clear them off. They are harder to see than on a glossy screen, but they're still visible, to be certain. I wish my kindle had a backlight, but I wouldn't trade in having buttons any day.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2013 8:51:52 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
If you have a screen protector on that is causing the very visible fingerprints.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2013 9:03:08 PM PDT
Not only do I agree with Jazzy that if you have an anti-glare screen on then it's that which is showing the fingerprints (surely that's common sense? You're not actually touching the kindle screen, you're touching the anti-glare screen), but I'd also add that an anti-glare screen is really unnecessary for an e-ink kindle.

Plus what in the heck are you doing to get fingerprints on it anyway? The Basic doesn't have a touchscreen!

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 11:21:56 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
the only figerprints I see is if I happen to have something dark like chocolate, the previously mentioned BBQ sauce, or something similar on my finger, don't realise it and touch the screen

on the other hand, the Basic Kindle that was released in black shows fingerprints all over the bezel - I do not like the glossy finish on that one

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2013 12:11:55 PM PST
Rae says:
The Kindle naturally has an anti-glare screen, so there was no need for me to put a screen protector on it. And I get finger prints on it by holding it, silly. Have you never accidentally touched the screen on yours? I doubt it.
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