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A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

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My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« on: January 12, 2010, 08:07:10 PM »
I'm Miche (pronounced Mike), new to the board and to ebook readers in general.

I've done a LOT of research on ebook readers and after some back and forth, I decided to buy the nook.  I'm an Android fan and was looking ahead to the possible flexibility and features that it provides (my phone, a G1, is hacked and it's a thing of beauty to me.)  I placed my order and was in the class of 2/1.  When I'd made up my mind I joined 4 forums dedicated to it and learned a lot about it.

All that said, I had the opportunity over the weekend to purchase a brand new Kindle 2, case, and extended warranty locally for $225 - an offer I couldn't refuse.  I mulled it over for an hour and took the plunge...
One of the things that really set the nook apart for me is its styling.  It surprised me when I picked up the Kindle that the pictures do not do it justice; it's really a very well styled piece of electronica.  It's beautiful, actually.  It's way too bright for me, but largely because I think its whiteness makes the screen look a darker gray. I've potentially solved that issue by purchasing a dark skin for it:

Using the Kindle was very intuitive for me.  I turned it on and registered it and loaded up books before cracking open the manual, signs of a well thought out design.  (Within an hour I even hacked it to add my own screensavers, again very easy.)

As someone who has only held ereaders in the stores for short periods of time, I am impressed with the Kindle's weight and size.  It's easy to hold in your hands for extended periods of time, with or without a case. The screen is the only area that leaves something to be desired to me.  I know what eink is and does, but in this case, there doesn't seem to be enough contrast for me.  (In this area, the nook and Sony PRS-300 were brighter and offered more contrast, in my opinion.)  However, I've found that with sufficient light the contrast issue becomes moot (although I don't want to "need" a light everywhere I'm reading.) Also, as I stated earlier, I think a darker skin will help a lot, as the darker skin should help the screen appear lighter.  I thought the lack of SD card or offline storage would be a concern for me but I have almost 50 books on there and the storage looks like it hasn't budged.  I wouldn't carry my whole library in here, that's what servers are for if most of the rest of my books will be electronic.  Again, one of the things that kept the Kindle off of my list turned out to be a non-issue. 

I've only had it for 3 days and have read for about 7 hours total and used Whispernet for about 7 mins total, but the battery hasn't appeared to budge, which is amazing.

One thing I would love to see (besides a better contrast) is a real page number.  I have to continue reading the manual though, in case this is a setting that I overlooked.

Overall, the Kindle came as a big surprise to me since it wasn't even on my list when I was shopping.  It's easy to use, it's well built, it's very smartly styled, and it's a pleasure to read on it.  In the hour I was debating on purchasing it, I thought that for that price the "compromise" I'd be making would be worth it. Honestly, I couldn't personally ask for more and I got a REAL bargain, as it turns out.
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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2010, 08:16:36 PM »
Welcome Miche, sounds like you summed things up pretty nicely.

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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2010, 08:24:52 PM »
Thank you. I'm glad to be here amongst fellow readers.

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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2010, 08:25:05 PM »
Nice review and nice pics
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2010, 04:04:42 PM »
Wow, that looks beatiful on kindle  :o

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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2010, 04:20:28 PM »
There is also a font hack which many people have used to better the contrast/ reading experience.Here is the link for that thread:
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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2010, 12:14:33 AM »
There is also a font hack which many people have used to better the contrast/ reading experience.Here is the link for that thread:
One-stop shopping for "hack" files


Thanks!  I hacked it a few days ago and the bold font works quite well.  I had to reorder my skin from decal girl.  The skin I originally ordered was made by 3acp (another vendor) and I heard too many horror stories about the residue so I sent it back.

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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2010, 01:51:26 PM »
Thanks!  I hacked it a few days ago and the bold font works quite well.  I had to reorder my skin from decal girl.  The skin I originally ordered was made by 3acp (another vendor) and I heard too many horror stories about the residue so I sent it back.

yeah, i would stay away from 3ACP
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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2010, 05:41:07 PM »
There is also a font hack which many people have used to better the contrast/ reading experience.Here is the link for that thread:
One-stop shopping for "hack" files


Taht's pretty cool!

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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2010, 07:09:46 PM »
yeah, i would stay away from 3ACP

I'm glad I found out before I put it on my Kindle.  Their skins are beautiful but I don't want stickers.

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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2010, 08:29:18 PM »
I'm glad I found out before I put it on my Kindle.  Their skins are beautiful but I don't want stickers.

I hate sticky things on my electronics
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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2010, 09:06:53 PM »
I'm surprised they haven't resorted to static electricity like many others... 

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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2010, 11:44:56 PM »
I'm surprised they haven't resorted to static electricity like many others... 

What do you mean?

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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2010, 12:19:45 AM »
Most of the other skins stick to our devices by static and don't need glue.  That's why they're reusable, though you have to be extra careful about keeping them clean and stretching them in order to use them again.  The stickers, once off you throw away...

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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2010, 01:10:16 PM »
I'm surprised they haven't resorted to static electricity like many others... 

Would the static electricity effect the electrical components of the Kindle?
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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2010, 02:51:49 PM »
Not at all.  It's really a SMALL amount.  It's enough to keep your skin in place, that's all.  Think of when you're adjusting your clothes in the wintertime (if you live in a dry climate) because your clothes fold into themselves and stick.  That's all it is.
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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2010, 10:41:51 AM »
Not at all.  It's really a SMALL amount.  It's enough to keep your skin in place, that's all.  Think of when you're adjusting your clothes in the wintertime (if you live in a dry climate) because your clothes fold into themselves and stick.  That's all it is.

That's a good observation.

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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2010, 06:59:41 PM »
Not at all.  It's really a SMALL amount.  It's enough to keep your skin in place, that's all.  Think of when you're adjusting your clothes in the wintertime (if you live in a dry climate) because your clothes fold into themselves and stick.  That's all it is.

interesting
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« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2010, 12:18:22 PM »
Not at all.  It's really a SMALL amount.  It's enough to keep your skin in place, that's all.  Think of when you're adjusting your clothes in the wintertime (if you live in a dry climate) because your clothes fold into themselves and stick.  That's all it is.

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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2010, 01:27:36 PM »
Most of the other skins stick to our devices by static and don't need glue.  That's why they're reusable, though you have to be extra careful about keeping them clean and stretching them in order to use them again.  The stickers, once off you throw away...

just wouldn't figure that that little static could hold it on
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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2010, 03:56:10 AM »
nice pics and review
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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2010, 10:30:19 AM »
Thank you, devilmafia.  4 months later and I've read 24 books and am really enjoying it.  Being a gadget hound, I've looked at some of the latest and greatest ereaders and nothing has been compelling enough to make me even think about giving up my Kindle.  That's really saying something.

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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2010, 02:25:24 PM »
Thanks for the great review, Miche!

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« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2010, 09:38:24 AM »
Thank you, devilmafia.  4 months later and I've read 24 books and am really enjoying it.  Being a gadget hound, I've looked at some of the latest and greatest ereaders and nothing has been compelling enough to make me even think about giving up my Kindle.  That's really saying something.

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Re: My Initial Thoughts on the Kindle 2 (and an introduction)
« Reply #24 on: January 03, 2012, 06:37:17 AM »
That's a really great review! :) I've had mine for months now, and I still love it!

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