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Let's Talk Kindle! / Any chance my K2us will get the K3 software?
« on: July 29, 2010, 11:20:18 AM »
Any chance my K2us will get the K3 software?  Anybody heard any rumors?  Would love to have that webkit browser ...

Let's Talk Kindle! / Tim Allen uses a Kindle DX
« on: December 09, 2009, 12:26:05 PM »
Just sat behind Tim Allen on the plane ride to St. Louis today and he was using a Kindle DX.

Let's Talk Kindle! / New Screen Savers
« on: March 02, 2009, 07:32:06 AM »
Does anyone have new screen savers this AM?  Seems like I have a new set.

Kindle 2 reviews / Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
« on: February 27, 2009, 08:06:38 AM »
My Kindle 2 arrived on Tuesday, but I didn't get home from a business trip until late Thursday, so I had an exercise in what I always am talking to my kids about - patience.

In summary, I love this thing.  It's absolutely awesome.  I'd really give it an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10.

But it's not perfect.  Rather than devote a lot of text to what's already been said, I thought I'd point out a few things that I think could have or should have been done better.

1. The 5-way - I really like it, but it's too small/slick.  This concept has been around for years on mobile phones, game consoles, and digital cameras and the like so I would have thought that Amazon could have implemented this better.  The 5-way is the right concept, but it seems small (too hard to get your finger or thumb on it just right to manipulate it), and it is "slick" - meaning your finger/thumb slips on it.  I have had laptops with replaceable rubberized "nubs" that work great, and I have had cell phones that actually had smaller nubs, but had sharper edges or something that made it easier to use ... so maybe small isn't the real problem.  Maybe it needs a texture or edge so that your appendage can more easily "grab" it.

2. Screen/Cursor responsiveness - the cursor responds slowly when moving it with the 5-way - I constantly find myself waiting for the cursor to catch up.

3. Folders and/or tags - yes, it really needs it.  I'm less than 24 hours with the device in hand and I already need something like this.

4. The contrast could be better - the screen is excellent, but obviously, stark white background with deep black letters would be better.  I'm getting REALLY nitpicky here, because the screen really is fantastic.

5. Allow other fonts - I'd like to try other fonts to see if I like them better.  The built in font is nice, but options would be nicer.

6. Better web browser - the browser really is horrible - it renders a LOT of pages that I visited incorrectly.  Once Chrome comes out for Linux, a port of Chrome over to the Kindle would be fantastic (Firefox is too feature-rich for a device like the Kindle).

That's it for now.  I'm sure I'll have more as I use it.

To summarize - a fantastic device, exceeds my expectations - it really does "disappear" when I am reading.  A few minor changes, some of which can be fixed with a firmware upgrade and it would be perfect.

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