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Paperwhite 3G versus Keyboard 3g-thoughts?

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012, 6:23:09 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
The 3G is good if you are away from home a lot and need a book immediately. To me it's not worth the extra money. I never just have to have a book right that minute...I can wait until I get home or get to a free wifi spot. You can't check your email from the PW through 3G. You can't do other surfing through the 3G.

Depending on what you can afford, remember some people have a Fire and a Basic Kindle (the $69 one). The Basic doesn't have the built in light.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012, 10:08:53 AM PST
The paperwhite I played with in Best Buy, the refresh rate and lagginess, is nearly scaring me away from it-as I read really fast and the ghosting quickly bothered me and seemed like I could have went and got a drink between pages. Yes that's exaggerating, but I found myself waiting for the page to load-which I don't have to do with a real book. Granted-I know display models can be well.. beat to crap. But I played with the every model they, and while some were better than others, they still concerned me due to my reading speed. When watching reviews online, I still noticed it seemed to pause to think, and I could still see the ghosting far too often.

When I played with just the straight Kindle Fire, the speed of it was like going from dial up internet to broadband-I felt like the KF was keeping up with me. It has more storage space like I want as well. Though I really plan on for it to be mostly used to read books, if I ever did want other apps, I would have that opportunity.

I figure I'm going to get the scree messy with my oily fingers no matter what. I also figure looking at a screen could give me migraines/eye-strain on either PW or KF depending how long I'm actually reading. I spend a lot of time reading both on computer and actual printed page. And all honestly it seems to me like I could change the KF font contrast/brightness/background (like the sepia/black on white) to adjust it so it is easier on my eyes.

Admittedly, the battery life of the PW sounds far nicer-but I was thinking I'm not that far from an electric outlet ever-I don't go on week long cruises or cramping trips, and I figure the KF will last longer if I turn off Wifi/lower brightness when I don't need it.

I guess right now I'm leaning towards KF since more storage space, and it seemed like it was keeping up with my reading speed far without ghosting or lagging.

I'd like to go back and test them again (there's really nowhere else I could go to test them person without driving 2 hours somewhere), more so for holding them, but Best Buy sure makes it hard. I understand making it so you can't steal the machine, but it adds so much extra weight and makes it harder to shift the device to figure out if I thought the KF would be too heavy for me. However I do like the stand cases if I was going to be at an area where I could put it down.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012, 10:42:38 AM PST
R. Nelson says:
As for the ghosting they could have the page refresh on each page turn turned off. I have mine turned on, don't notice any ghosting. The page redraws but it doesn't slow down my reading.

You can order from Amazon and play around with the device and see if it meets your needs. They have a 30 day return policy, better then store return policies on opened electronics.

I notice no fingerprints on my paperwhite screen, the fire is however always a fingerprint mess.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012, 11:57:47 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 15, 2012, 11:57:58 AM PST
I've basically decided against a Keyboard, still leaning towards the Fire, but I started a new topic for the Kindle Fire versus Paperwhite. Just wanted to thank everyone who posted in this topic though! Your advice, opinions and more information were very helpful

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012, 7:22:19 AM PST
Jean69 says:
I check my email and surf on my 3G keyboard.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2013, 7:01:39 PM PDT
The Keyboard appeals to me more because (not ranked in order:

A: Has higher reviews and more reviews
As mentioned it's been out much longer and the Hudson Hornet had great reviews, too, but I'm not getting one.

B: Cheaper even without ads,
That's true.

C: Not smudging up a touchscreen,
I don't eat potato chips while I read. I clean my screen about once a week which is how often I cleaned the Keyboard screen when I read with it.

D: Having a little button to press to turn page versus having to drag my finger across the screen (for background I have an iPod Touch.)
I don't drag my finger across the screen and I own nothing made by Apple. I tap the screen to change the page. Actually, it's not unlike pressing a button.
E: More storage space
That's why I just use my Kindle Keyboard to store my to-be-read books.
F: Comes with something besides USB charger.
Well, now there's a biggie. I have a drawer full of charges from Kindles and cell phones.

Regarding the Paperwhite 3 g, the only bonuses I really see are:

A: Can read in the dark.
I've always been able to read in the dark. I turn on a light. The PW is good in low light like in restaurants and coffee shops, waiting rooms and courtrooms. I find the lighted screen more useful in poorly lit places than in the dark and with mandatory CFL we're going to have more of the poorly lit places.

B: Is newer

C: Smaller/lighter (and I have small hands)

D: More font choices
also, higher resolution, greater contrast.

On the other hand, the PW has no sound if that matters.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013, 7:19:17 PM PDT
D. Baker says:
I have the DX, KK and PW. Well, I had a KK, after using the PW for a week or so, I sent the KK to my daughter.

I honestly thought that I would not like the PW, don't like touch screens (am still using a BB because I don't want to go to touchscreen in phone), loved my KK with the cover w/light.

However ... I rarely used the audio (I read faster than any audio), would use my phone for web searches if I was not close to computer, and as some have previously noted the KK slows down if you have more than 300 books on it so I kept only 100 (+/-) on the kindle anyway.

I really like how lightweight and small the PW is (even with cover). I have Amazon covers for all my Kindles (mine have fallen several times and so far, so good).

I have a friend who has the Fire HD and she told me that she still wants a PW because you cannot read for hours on end with the screen. The PW holds a charge for about 30 hours (which means I have to charge it at least once over a weekend - I read a lot) whereas the Fire's charge lasts a lot less.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013, 6:29:17 PM PDT
jp7395 says:
I bought the Paperwhite 3G (I accidentally crushed my KK when I stupidly crawled over my bed and my knee went onto the screen, so I have owned the KK) because I don't have Wi-Fi where I live. The 3G is VERY useful and is worth the extra money, even if you have W-Fi where you live. It is very convenient to use anywhere.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2013, 10:41:26 PM PDT
Jay says:
The big things to keep in mind are:

* - The Keyboard has audio-for TTS, and audiobook, play...while the PaperWhite does not.

* - The Keyboard is no longer produced, but the PW is still in production.

* - If you want to listen to audiobooks, forget the PW, and get the KB, or a Fire.

* If you don't care about audio, go with the PW, as it will be around longer than the now discontinued KB.

Of course, you could wait awhile...till September, perhaps, or maybe see if Amazon offers something a PW with audio, a non-touch screen PW with a keyboard, a buttonless, non-touch screen, verbal command VoiceBox model, or whatever.

Storage space is not really an issue. I have a KB which is supposed to be able to store 3,000 e-books. However, when I get between 800, and 900, items on it, the things slows down the loading, page turns, etc. You can have an unlimited number of items stored in the cloud / archive, and keep but a few dozen, or a few hundred, on the device itself, and have no problems. It is no big deal to remove a read item from the device, and put an un-read one on it.

Neither the KB, or PW, is inherently better than / superior to, the other. Each serves a slightly different user with slightly different needs, and each does what it does very well. I have a KB for audio books, and a Basic for non-audio books. I may also end up with a PW for reading in bed, or a Fire HD to view movies on. Time will tell. It's a matter of different strokes for different folks...or for different tasks.

There are times when my mind is energetic, and I want to get into some story action...but my eyes are too tired to read. Then is when I can turn out the lights, turn on the audiobook, close my eyes, and listen to the audiobook play itself on my KB. It is like a tape in a player. It plays on until you shut it off, or it runs out and ends. There are no page turns in an audio book. How fast the narrator reads varies a bit.

I read mainly on my Basic, and generally save the KB for the audiobooks, and for when The Basic is recharging. When The Basic is drained, and needs a three plus hour recharge, I do not have to wait for a good read, as I can read a text item on the KB, or listen to an audiobook on the KB. My KB is a 3G+WiFi, and my Basic is a WiFi Only, and both serve me well.

Browsers, and such, do not matter to me, as I tend to shop online, and buy ebooks, via my computer, and use the computer to load them to my Kindles by way of the 'Manage Your Kindle' page. I do email on my computer, too. I have no complaints about either of the Kindles I now own, and I have heard many good things about the other Kindles I may end up owning later on. Consider having several different Kindles, and keeping Biographies on one, Sci-Fi novels on another, and Mysteries on yet another.

Do whatever works best for you. It is almost impossible to go wrong with any long as you READ THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION PAGE, know what you are / aren't getting, and are sure that the item you select will have what you want it to have, and will do what you want it to do.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013, 1:33:23 AM PDT
Well, this is all really a moot point since:

1 - You're replying to a post started in Dec. 2012
2- The KK is no longer available

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2013, 2:22:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 10, 2013, 2:35:24 AM PDT
Paxton says:
I have the Amazon covers for both PW and KK (lighted). Both work great for protection. The KK's lighted cover is terrific - the light slides out from the cover corner, and back in when not in use. It automatically turns off when the KK goes to sleep (so if you go to sleep, so does the light - saving battery charge). The discontinued KK and cover are available through eBay if people wish to buy either.

The PW's cover has a magnet in it and automatically puts the PW to sleep when it's closed. Also a nice feature.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013, 6:38:28 AM PDT
Damn. I wish Amazon had a sunset rule on posts or I could discipline myself to check the date before I get involved in a zombie thread.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014, 7:13:20 PM PDT
Getting the Kindle for my mother, who has a retina condition. Thought she would enjoy a text to speech option as well, as my father is legally blind and she could listen to a book while working around the house, etc. if preferred. So, for those of you with both the KK and PW, which accessibility feature would be best for someone with slight vision issues....the lighted PW screen, or the audio option? Anyone with vision issues have a KK and still be able to read it well?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2014, 9:43:17 PM PDT
Lplady says:
You have to get a Fire if you want the audio. None of the e-readers have audio, unless you are purchasing a used one on Ebay. I can't comment on the vision issues. I just have bifocals.
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