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Typing in Kindle keyboard vs basic Kindle


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Initial post: Jan 28, 2014 11:51:32 AM PST
Katherine says:
How difficult is it to type with the five way controller in the basic kindle?

I want to be able to read foreign content (spanish) and leave notes translating a word, just one or two words really.

Would the basic kindle be too bothersome? It looks so much sleeker and compact than the kindle keyboard.
Thanks!

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 11:55:26 AM PST
It's a little clunky, since you have to move the cursor around on the virtual keyboard.

You can't type the Spanish-only characters, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 11:58:28 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I do believe you can if you set the keyboard language to Spanish

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 12:02:19 PM PST
A. Dietz says:
How about the Kindle Paperwhite? The on-screen keyboard is incredibly easy to use. I have a Kindle Keyboard and I like the PaperWhite much better.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 12:03:34 PM PST
It's kind of a pain, but it does in a pinch. It's no big deal to enter a password or search for the first two words of something, but I'd hate to try to type a book review using the 5-way.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 12:04:07 PM PST
The Paperwhite keyboard is like buttah. Buttah.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 12:15:42 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2014 12:16:31 PM PST
Katherine says:
Thanks, guys.
Well I'd be translating to English, so typing Spanish wouldn't be a problem, haha.

Unless typing 1-2 word translation is super super tedious, I think I'll take the basic kindle. I use my iTouch or tablet for anything that's not making a note, so a review would be done with a touchscreen.

The extra inches for the physical keyboard seems an awful lot to sacrifice for typing efficiency...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 12:17:25 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
the Paperwhite is pretty much the same size as the Basic Kindle - the Kindle Keyboard isn't even offered new anymore

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 12:26:04 PM PST
I find it pretty easy to use the one on the basic, but I'm used to it.

Get one. Try it out. You have 30 days to return it if it doesn't work for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 12:44:58 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I've had the Kindle Keyboard and the Kindle Basic and now I have a Paperwhite. I do agree with the others that the Paperwhite is the easiest to type on, but I didn't find the Kindle Basic all that bad. Pushing around the cursor will never be graceful but it's not painful. It was designed well and it works easily for that sort of typing method.

Frankly the Kindle Keyboard was the clumsy one for me. I was always hitting a key without meaning to while I was reading. It got very irritating.

My suggestion is try the Paperwhite and the Basic and then decide.

Barry
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