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Original kindle keyboard - should I update?


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Initial post: Apr 5, 2013 9:03:26 AM PDT
I have an original kindle keyboard. It has a fairly small screen (in comparison to kindle size), and when I want to look at something with pictures or other graphics, they usually look distorted if they show up at all. I do like having access to a keyboard, but I guess I don't use it too much. Has anyone updated from an old kindle to a new one? What are the main differences between the old and new? I see that the browser is still listed as "experimental", even on the new one.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 9:23:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2013 9:24:45 AM PDT
Cinisajoy says:
I may have a simple solution for you. What I do for graphic intense/picture heavy books is put them on my kindle for pc. It is a free download here at Amazon.
If you upgrade you will need an e-reader that is in color like the Kindle Fire. (I love mine btw, but I store my cookbooks on the Kindle for PC)
It sounds like the problem you are having is that some graphic/picture books are not designed to be used with e-ink readers.
Now I will ask this, is the Kindle Keyboard good for reading standard e-books? I have been looking at getting a used one.

I think that would be equal to trying to watch Avatar on an old black and white tv set.

Oh and on the browser 'experimental" just means not one of the biggies. So no real worries there. And the browser on the fire is easy to use. Looks like every other browser.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 9:26:52 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
To me reading on an eInk device is much better for straight reading -- no pictures or graphs. If you want/need color then the 8.9 Inch Fire is the way to go. The 7-inch Fire is still a bit too small for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 9:32:03 AM PDT
Betron says:
I also have the older Kindle with a keyboard. I usually just do "reading" and use my pc for anything else. I once tried too play some games but found the keyboard keys were fading. So, as long a this one works, I'll keep it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 9:33:30 AM PDT
BethW says:
I agree with Cinisajoy that the only way to improve graphics is the Fire or Kindle for PC. Both which are LCD screens so shiny. They are impossible to read in the sun and some people find them more difficult to read overall.

The Paperwhite has a ~3.75 x 5in screen so bigger than the KK. I love the integral front lighting and the lightweight. My KK would be in a drawer if it did not have the tremendous benefit of sound which the PW does not have. All my audiobooks are on the KK.

The experimental browser on the e-ink is now even worse than the kk. All you really can do is wikipedia type stuff. The KK was only for the desperate but you could do stuff if you were patient.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 9:51:51 AM PDT
If you want to stay with the eInk screen, the new one is not significantly bigger. About 1/8 of an inch. The device itself has gotten smaller and lighter. Screen quality has gotten better but graphics are still not going to work any better.

If you want to display graphics, surf the web, get your email, etc. A Kindle Fire may be what you're looking for. It is a tablet like an iPad and comes in two sizes. It's not the best for reading though since it has a backlit screen.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 9:54:23 AM PDT
Thanks so much for the advice! I think I'll stick with my kindle keyboard for now. It's not absolutely perfect but it sounds like it's as good as I can hope for right now. I've been eyeing the kindle fire for a while but for just reading, the e-ink is so much easier to look at for long lengths of time.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 10:26:06 AM PDT
I just recently upgraded to a Kindle Fire from the original keyboard Kindle. I have to say that while I love having the touch screen....I miss the ability to read in the sunshine. The glare from the sun is so extreme that it is almost impossible to read a book outside. The graphics and games are way better on the Kindle Fire, you have the ability to watch movies, and again having the touch screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 10:42:12 AM PDT
BethW says:
I prefer the touch screen for the paperwhite to the Fire just because it is a tap (more like the keyboard) rather than a swipe.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 11:15:33 AM PDT
Heather, as you found out, a Fire is not an upgrade to an e-ink Kindle. It is a totally different type of device, designed for different uses.

It should not be considered an upgrade, any more than a toaster oven is an upgrade for a 2 slice toaster.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 11:18:16 AM PDT
Stupid Shrinky Dinks.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 1:41:21 PM PDT
Back in 2010 I got a Kindle Keyboard and when a friend with an older Kindle saw the screen on the newer he thought it was worth upgrading. Now, I have a touch screen, which I didn't think I'd like but I do, and I love having the LED lights in the Paperwhite.

I'm sorry but I don't take the OP seriously. Anyone who can't see any improvements is a fool and if they aren't bright enough to get one for thirty days to see is worse than a fool.
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