The new Kindle up close

I got to have a peek at the brand new Kindle today, and although I was expecting to want to steal it from my brother – who is the proud owner of the device – it actually turned out that I wasn’t that keen on it. I love the device from a distance, I love people that have a Kindle, and I encourage people to get one if they want one, but here are five reasons I wasn’t keen.

  1. The page turn. I just couldn’t live with it. The screen flashing on and off, text changing black and white. It only lasts a split second, I know, but compared with the smooth slide of the apps I am used to, I’m just not sure I could take that e-ink step.
  2. No touchscreen. My instant reaction is to want to touch the screen to navigate around. That may well be because I am used to the iPad and Desire by now, but it did feel very clunky to have to navigate with buttons.
  3. It’s just marginally too big. This version is a lot smaller than the previous ones, and deliciously light. A lot of complaints about the iPad are it’s hefty weight, and if that is the case, the Kindle is a brilliant alternative. However, with the bigger Kindles, you know you’re going to need two hands. This new one is just slightly bigger than your average paperback, and therefore I feel like I should be able to hold it in one hand. I held it for a while and it wasn’t comfortable. I don’t know if I would want to use it with one hand anyway, but it just didn’t quite feel right.
  4. No backlight. I know that is a big selling point, and is actually a lot better for your eyes, but the idea of having to go back to adjusting my sitting position so as not to be casting shadows is not really very appealing.
  5. No sepia option. I am usually using the sepia version on my apps, and naturally being limited to greyscale on the Kindle would put pay to that.

These are all very subjective things, though, and like I said at the start, I did love the device. We particularly enjoyed listening to the text-to-speech people and laughing at their attempts to read. My brother pondered whether Amazon’s attempt to try and introduce more and more features to the Kindle will actually be detrimental to it’s core use, but I suppose we shall have to see how far they take it.

I loved seeing the Kindle, but I’m sticking with my iPad for now.

7 thoughts on “The new Kindle up close

  1. I really think its a neat device but I can’t see that you would need one as well as an iPad so I haven’t pursued it.

    To me if the answer to the question, “what would you want an iPad for” is, “to read books” then the Kindle is for you – probably. But… if you are into iPad land why would you want to switch or carry both?

    Finally I do like the ads for the unable to read the iPad in direct sunlight Kindle and everything and I get the point… But honestly how much time do you spend reading out in direct sunlight? On holiday maybe? How much time do you spend reading in bed when your partner would prefer it if you turned your side light off? Much more for me.

    (Also as a little side note in the new release of the iPad software the Kindle app will finally have access to the API to properly dim the brightness. Currently only iBooks [that I don’t really use] has the feature. At the moment the brightness control in the Kindle is a trick of putting more gray on the screen and so the new version will actually be less bright in total – or something.)

  2. I really think its a neat device but I can’t see that you would need one as well as an iPad so I haven’t pursued it.

    That is the crux of it, really. My brother said he wasn’t interested in an iPad because he just wouldn’t use all the other functions. Kindle = book. iPad = book + more.

  3. I didn’t know I could ponder.
    You also forgot to mention that mum managed to find the ‘on’ switch a lot quicker than you did.
    Well….I found it funny.

  4. The page turn takes exactly the same amount of time as my eyes take to go from the bottom of the screen to the top. It’s perfect for me ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. You also forgot to mention that mum managed to find the ‘on’ switch a lot quicker than you did.

    Well, yes, there is that as well.

  6. The page turn takes exactly the same amount of time as my eyes take to go from the bottom of the screen to the top. It’s perfect for me ๐Ÿ˜€

    That makes sense. It’s just slightly too disruptive for me, I think. Brings me out of the reading zone.

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