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Which Kindle won't die after 18 months?

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Initial post: Aug 29, 2012 10:28:04 AM PDT
M. Owens says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 10:32:30 AM PDT
King Al says:
They're not "all" dying after 18 months. You only hear about the problem Kindles and not about all the 4 year old Kindle 1's that are still going strong.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 10:33:02 AM PDT
quilt lover says:
I think it just depends on how you take care of it. I have never had one break or die. Owner since 2008.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 10:35:01 AM PDT
I have 3 original Kindles and 3 Kindle Keyboards all over 18 months old, and all working fine. I don't know how long the 3 basics and 2 Fires will last, since they are not yet a year old, but I don't expect them to die very quickly, either.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 10:37:14 AM PDT
Screen failure, such as you describe, is most often linked to pressure or twisting of the Kindle screen. Kindle CS typically offers a reduced price replacement for a broken out of warranty Kindle.

I personally have a K2i that is closing in on 3 years old, a DXG that is 20 months old, 2 Basics, and a Fire. All in perfect working condition.

You get a skewed idea about trouble when you search the internet. Those who are happily using their devices don't normally post on message boards.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 10:39:16 AM PDT
Wouldn't it make more sense to save the $30 by getting the SO version? If you're concerned about warranty covering a device beyond the one year, put that thirty bucks toward replacement coverage.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 10:39:20 AM PDT
Why would you want to spend the extra money to get the ad free version? You only see the ad when the Kindle is in sleep mode or on the bottom of the Home screen. I know I don't sit and stare at the sleep screen when I'm not reading. But that's just me.

Which Kindle won't die after 18 months? I have 2 that are older than 18 months.
I have a K2i purchased in the Fall of 2009 that is still working fine.
I have a KK purchased when they first came out in September 2010 and it is working fine.
I have 2 additional KKs purchased in January 2012 when I started thinking that Amazon was not going to make any more of them. I power them up about once a month to make sure they are working. So far I've not had any problems.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 10:54:28 AM PDT
Nina says:
My Kindle 2 and Kindle Keyboard are still going strong. I pre-ordered both & received on their release date. I guess the K2 is about 3 years old. The KK is two years old.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 11:03:43 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
3 year old K2 and 6 mo. old KT, both going strong. The lines on the screen thing seems to be torque or pressure. Both my Kindles have never been in a backpack or purse, never been bumped or dropped, never been abused. These aren't Faberge Eggs, but they aren't military grade electronics either. You have to treat them with a modicum of respect.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 11:39:22 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I have a 27 month old KK2i that survived a swim in Coca Light and the screen's just fine - the keys are a bit wonky though as I often get two for one now

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 11:50:32 AM PDT
M. Owens says:
That's good to know so many people have had good luck with the Keyboard version. If mine was just a freak problem then I'll order another one. When I went to go look at which one to order last night there were many posts of the same exact problem of mine, bought at the same time, so I was worried about buying another one. We really want this particular one (keyboard).

As a side note, we took very good care of it, have a case for it and it never even traveled much. It was never dropped, never twisted, never anything. It just died one day for no reason.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 11:51:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2012 11:57:57 AM PDT
My K2 is almost 43 months old and the Kindle Graphite is almost 26 months old, so I suspect it depends on how you take care of your Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 11:54:18 AM PDT
You might want to wait until the September 6 news conference to order another Kindle. I suspect there will be new models announced, and perhaps a sale on the older models.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 12:14:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2012 12:17:59 PM PDT
chel rs says:
My Kindle 2 is about 42 months old right now. I am still using it. I also have a Kindle Fire but I do use both. So I can't say that they will only last for 18 months as mine is currently working on being 4 years old. I just double checked and this is the case. I still have the shipping package that came from Amazon. It was ordered on February of 2009 and it still works fine. Love it still. I read another thread about someone who actually replaced the battery in theirs and it started back up to work. If we have to do that at some point I figure it's worth a shot given that it has lasted this long and so it's not going to hurt anything to try a battery replacement. I had hoped it would last a while and it is still working fine so hopefully it will do so as long as the battery is okay. I am more worried about the battery dying than anything else.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 1:39:36 PM PDT
KindleWrite says:
I have a 1st generation Kindle that's 4 years old and still works perfectly. So do my K2 and my Kindle Touch. When screens break it's usually user error. People don't realize they can't just stack stuff on top of them or toss them with no case into a backpack filled with books. Amazon is partly to blame for that with their ad campaigns showing naked Kindles shoved into bags and back pockets. I think in most cases the battery will die before the screen ever will.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 1:41:12 PM PDT
A zombie one.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 1:44:03 PM PDT
My KK is 20 months old, and in perfect condition. I'm not sure your question can be answered definitively.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 1:46:24 PM PDT
Your KK is obviously a zombie. Too bad he's probably starving.....


Posted on Aug 29, 2012 1:52:09 PM PDT
Mary says:
It will be 2yrs December I have had my keyboard kindle and no problems with it. I have it in a leather case. My fire how ever had the charging port issue after 6 months but they replaced it really quick for me. Mary

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 1:52:27 PM PDT
flipoid says:
I am reading a book on my K2 US right now. Received in April 2010, to replace my original K2 US when the screen suddenly got a grey "wash" over it (so, yes, screen issues do occur) and it is still going strong almost 2-1/2 years later. I also have a KK, a Fire, and a Kindle Basic that are just fine.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 2:46:07 PM PDT
M. Owens says:
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the quick responses. I'm going to call back and order another Kindle Keyboard and hope this one doesn't go belly up. Like I said in my second post, this one was very well taken care of, in a case. It was really disappointing to have it just stop working one day.

I like the e-ink though. Since it happened a few days ago I have been reading on my Ipad but much prefer to read books on the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 2:48:27 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Amazon is making a big announcement next week. There may be new Kindles and/or price reductions. If you can, wait a week.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 2:59:54 PM PDT
M. Owens says:
They did offer me a discount, I can't remember exactly how much on the Keyboard. It was $10-$40 depending on the model. I'm sure they will give me the discount next week though, so I will wait. Appreciate the tip!!

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 3:30:17 PM PDT
Mary Ellen says:
My oldest Kindle (a KK) is just over 18 months old and still going strong. It gets used every day. I wanted a back up as the KK is out of warranty so I bought the basic Kindle (the $ only see the ads for a split second when waking the Kindle up and at the bottom of the home page. That does NOT bother me in the least!) and I really like it because it is so small and light. In fact I like it so much that I spent nearly the cost of the device itself on an Oberon cover for it. <g> I also have a Fire and I do read on it though it is primarily for games and watching videos. I hope the OP does get a new Kindle...I know that if I'd had the option of the special offers one in early 2010 I would have gotten it and spent the saved money on e-books!! If my KK dies I will most certainly replace it with a SO e-ink Kindle.
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