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I hope that the next generation Kindle has a plastic screen

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Initial post: Nov 5, 2012 12:30:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012 6:05:42 AM PST
William Rice says:
I am on my fourth kindle and have lost all of them to broken screens. It got so frustrating that I began researching screen technologies.
LG started making flexible plastic e-reader screens last March. They are only used in a couple of Russian e-readers right now but if that tech was used in a Kindle it would fix the largest reason that kindles die. A quick look on ebay shows hundreds of broken kindles at any one time. The only major flaw in the kindle is that screen and I hope that they can work this out because it would make this e-reader dramatically more kid friendly, a must for using them as e-textbooks.
I am referring to black and white e-ink Kindles here, not color LCDs

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 12:37:14 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
Make them shock resistant and waterproof, and even I might buy one.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 12:46:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012 12:48:05 PM PST
Justin W says:
I don't think there was anything wrong with the CD, and if there was -- it was never fixed. Yes, when I was 13 year olds I had idiot friends with a whole bunch of CDs that skipped because they couldn't learn to care for them properly... there are also people who run a perfectly good car into the ground by doing nothing when it shows signs of needing maintenance. . . etc.

Perhaps work on your own behavior, and retrain yourself? Glue your next kindle to a solid wood board that doesn't flex? I've not broken a screen after my PDA pocket organizer in the 8th grade maybe 18+ years ago. If your self-control is so poor, save yourself $$$ and go back to paper books. I still get 50% of my books in paper because they're cheaper than the Kindle edition.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 1:07:09 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
A Kindle as practical as the Panasonic Toughbook might be a hit, even at twice the price of models now available.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 1:11:14 PM PST
L. A. REED says:
I think the original poster was talking about making it more kid-friendly.

Who wants to spend $600 for their kid to play Angry Birds?

A $200 Kindle (that didn't crack so easily) would be the ideal solution.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 1:11:42 PM PST
Nanciejeanne says:
well how could they sell you 4 MORE kindles if the screen didn't break!? ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 1:12:22 PM PST
Justin W says:
How practical is the Toughbook? I've heard of it but never once seen one in real life, I think it means it might have its uses for a tiny subset of the population. Most uncoordinated folk I know have sought the help of Otterbox etc. for their phones. It's not practical for a mass produced device itself to be excessively fortified when a MAJOR MAJOR selling point is the lightness and portability. I run my iPhone nude and have no fear, I'm just careful.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 1:23:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012 1:23:34 PM PST
I wonder how long karma can resist such tantalizing arrogance.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 1:39:30 PM PST
FlyingAce says:
Toughbooks are laptops, not phones, although I have seen a couple heavy-duty phones with the same idea in mind.

I used a toughbook for the job I had in college about 2 years ago. The job required going around with a tech cart and diagnosing/updating/installing card-key locks and handles throughout the building. That thing was great because even when dropped a couple times on tile floor it didn't crash or break.

Basically the point is, a toughbook is great for those occupations that you need a laptop, but there will be a potential for a lot of physical abuse.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 1:39:38 PM PST
William Rice says:
The issue is the relatively large screen on kindles with a plastic frame that bends easily and a very thin sheet of glass (2mm) that it all depends on. While I admittedly use my kindle in some rough situations, work and hunting are two places the thing has broken, I think that increased durability would be a huge improvement. I see articles about sending them to Africa and in schools and shudder at how often those must break. Further, sometimes I have not been able to get my files off of the silly thing after it broke. That means all my highlights, notes, and saved places in books are gone forever. This dramatically reduces the utility of making notes or highlights.
I admit that I am hard on the things, I really want to be able to depend on them.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 1:42:16 PM PST
Justin W says:
It seems you just need to invest in the right case, no?

It's pretty disappointing that your highlight and notes were lost, I thought the whole point of Kindle is that all of this is synced to the cloud. Hence when I forget the Kindle at home, I can open the app on iPhone while standing in line for lunch and resume at the exact page I last left off, later to continue from however far I read on iPhone again on the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 1:45:41 PM PST
FlyingAce says:
This is off of the main topic, but I enjoyed reading how tablets were sent to kids in Africa who had never used a tablet before and the kids were able to hack them after 5 months...

Also, I feel your pain. I had a kindle die for no reason (not dropped, or treated roughly). I decided I am done spending my money and time buying, calling about, and returning kindles until they become a little more tough.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 1:57:11 PM PST
DjWeideman says:
I would think the market for a burlier Kindle would be obvious. You see those Kindle ads where people are reading them on the beach and the first thought should be, "What if I drop this in the sand?" People mentioned Toughbooks, but I think back to the original iBook. Apple designed those laptops just assuming that college kids would drop them in their backpacks instead of expensive Brenthaven cases and made them to withstand a lot of abuse.

There's enough info and experience out there to design a tougher Kindle without breaking the bank. Let's hope Amazon is working on something that's at least kid-resistant(you can't make it kid-proof, kids can destroy anything).

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 2:18:02 PM PST
If a kid is too young to properly take care of an expensive piece of electronic equipment, they are too young for the responsibility of handling it. Why should they jack up the price to the rest of us who responsibly handle and care for our investments to make it so that people can hand it over to toddlers as if it were a tickle me elmo?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 3:15:35 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
We used a Toughbook in field servicing communications gear. An ordinary notebook might not fare so well banging around in a technician's truck or getting rained on.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 5:10:09 AM PST
William Rice says:
If sixty bucks is expensive to you then yes, you should not give it to children. I do not think the plastic screen will greatly exaggerate the price of kindles, but I would love to know how much more it would be.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 5:20:27 AM PST
Matt says:
Police carry them in their cars and we have one at work (industrial setting) for PLC troubleshooting in the mill.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 5:24:47 AM PST
Matt says:
The largest reason Kindles (or any electronics) die is because people don't take care of them. Kids can be taught that things break and things have value. It annoys the hell out of me when I see people walk around with their phones in their back pockets. I bet you're one of those people.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 6:03:53 AM PST
William Rice says:
To be perfectly clear.
This post was intended to be about Black and White E-ink kindles. I need a tougher E-ink Kindle for reading books.
While it is true that Amazon backs up it's books to one extent or another, it does not back up books that are bought elsewhere or downloaded from other sources. Further, I typically leave wi-fi off when I am not using the device to download books so this feature does not get used very often.
I have never broken any of my cell phones or my laptops, I am not a serial technology killer. I think that this particular Achilles heel of Kindles could be easily fixed. Why not fix it? I seriously considered buying one of the readers that use this technology last month but I happen to like the features that Amazon has built into their device and wanted to be able to read the books I have already bought.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 6:10:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012 6:11:05 AM PST
I personally have no problem with consumers requesting manufacturers to make products from better-quality materials.

William, I think your request might be better suited for the feature request form for Kindles (select Kindle / Kindle Device / Provide Feedback / Feature Request from the applicable drop-down boxes):

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 6:38:17 AM PST
William Rice says:
Thank you, I have done this.
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