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5.0 out of 5 stars A hesistant buyer rejoices on his choice, September 2, 2010
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I researched the purchase of a Kindle for a long time. I couldn't decide whether or not it was worth buying a dedicated e-reader. Boy am I glad I made this purchase. The downside to Amazon's online selling of Kindle 3 is that the customers don't get to see it in person. It is much better in person. This may sound stupid, but when I got my new Kindle, I thought there was a stuck-on overlay on the screen containing a diagram of the unit's buttons, etc. I actually tried to peel it off. Doh! The e-ink on this unit is THAT good. I didn't realize that I was staring at the actual display. I also didn't realize that no power is required until the display changes. (thus the great battery life) I do a lot of reading, but was facing the prospect of reading less or buying large type books because of my variable and deteriorating eyesight. The new Kindle has been a godsend. Now, I can decide the size of type I need depending on my level of fatigue among other things. The weight and ergonomics are very good. For someone, like me, with neuropathy in his hands, it is extremely easy to manage and enjoyable to own. To me, it is easier to read than print books. The ease of navigation is great as is the speed. The battery life, so far, has been extraordinary. It easily connected to our home Wi-Fi, which by design does not broadcast an SSID. It downloads books so fast that I almost thought they were not completely received. I did not buy the 3G version because of the price difference and the fact that there is no coverage where I live. If you are not constantly traveling, I don't see the need to spend the extra bucks, but that is a matter of personal choice. For those who have no Wi-Fi at home, remember that you can always download the material to your computer and transfer it via USB. Just today I was watching an interview with Tony Blair on TV. He was talking about his new book, which sounded interesting. I picked up the Kindle and downloaded a free sample before the interview was over. I have only read the preface so far, but will probably buy the book. Now THAT is a great way to buy a book! I haven't used online browsing extensively yet, but find it reasonable for what the device is. This is primarily a book reader, not a laptop or notebook. They are great for what they do, but can't match the e-ink display, or the light weight. For those of you worrying about the wait for the new Kindle, let me end with, "It is worth the wait" This new Kindle is all about the quality of experience. There are many format choices for electronic reading. If you want the best experience, go with the Kindle.
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Initial post: Sep 17, 2010 2:59:36 PM PDT
Best Buy will soon begin selling the Kindle, and will soon have fully functional demo units that customers can play with before they decide. Best Buy also sells the Nook, so people will be able to try both, side by side. Until then, people will have to either trust the reviews, or find a friend or acquaintance who owns a Kindle to get a look at one up close and personal.

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 5:31:55 PM PST
Dan Martinez says:
Mr Goodwrench should be easier on himself. Had I not read his remark about the apparent "stuck-on overlay" before receiving my own Kindle, I might have tried peeling it off myself. Seeing images of the Kindle on your computer display is a little like seeing an ad for an IMAX film on a TV screen. The medium simply isn't capable of conveying the subject's character. As Goodwrench says, the crisp legibility of the E Ink display has to be seen first-hand to be believed.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 7:42:47 AM PST
I don't know about nation wide, but my local Target sells Kindles and has one on display. It is pretty beat up - you can tell it gets a lot of handling - but still functions just fine and impressed me enough even in its battered state to convince me to buy one. If you want to see one in person, swing by the closest Target and see if they have one on display.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 12:27:34 PM PDT
SPOT ON - after I finally got one I thought _ 'you'd have to be an idiot not to buy one' (if you are a book addict and you wouldn't be reading this if you weren't!)
/isesq/

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 3:34:43 AM PDT
Jane Doe says:
Having many of the disability issues you mentioned I look forward to getting the Kindle! Thank you for a very helpful review.

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 2:14:30 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2011 6:47:14 PM PDT
I fail to understand what your comment has to do with my review. I'll have to assume you posted it in totally the wrong place.

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 8:10:10 PM PDT
Ruoruo Zhang says:
When I read "I actually tried to peel it off. Doh!", I smiled. Looks like I am not the only one trying to peel the screen off

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2011 2:02:32 PM PDT
Rob says:
I noticed you mentioned you have neuropathy in your hands...as do I...very badly. I would like to correspond with you about this if you are willing.
Rob
robclt@ gmail.com

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2011 9:46:58 PM PDT
volt says:
Its okay, I tried to peel the screen off for the display unit at Best Buy...
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