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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.
« Last Edit: February 27, 2009, 09:09:38 am by davistroy »

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions
    « Reply #1 on: February 27, 2009, 08:43:24 am »
    Thanks, davistroy, for contributing to our new review board. Great comments, thanks for sharing!

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #2 on: February 27, 2009, 09:50:19 am »
    Nice review, thanks! I think the joy stick would be more difficult for a man. I don't have any problem with it but I can see it being too small for a guy.
    « Last Edit: February 27, 2009, 09:51:58 am by Linda Cannon-Mott »

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #3 on: February 28, 2009, 06:47:16 am »
    Hi, davistroy. Great review. I agree with you on the controller thing. Some texture would have been nice to give some grip. I'm beginning to think my K1 screen was darker than some or on the blink because I find the new K2 screen contrast so sharp it almost seems like black and white to me. My K1 page background was much darker.
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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #4 on: February 28, 2009, 01:23:07 pm »
    Wow, your review made me look at the fonts and I hadn't noticed before that they changed the font on the K2!  They are using sanserif on the K1 but not on the K2

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #5 on: March 04, 2009, 04:25:50 pm »
    That pretty much sums it up. I second the thing about the web browser. But still K2 is as good as you can get.

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #6 on: March 13, 2009, 07:05:55 pm »
    I agree its the best new product since the Iphone

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #7 on: March 21, 2009, 06:11:16 am »
    i love kindle, but the iphone really is sex on a stick :)
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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #8 on: April 04, 2009, 09:40:00 am »
    thanks for the honest review!
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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #9 on: June 05, 2009, 06:41:03 pm »
    i love kindle, but the iphone really is sex on a stick :)

    YEP!

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #10 on: July 02, 2009, 12:55:59 pm »
    i love kindle, but the iphone really is sex on a stick :)

    LOL

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #11 on: July 15, 2009, 04:39:02 pm »
    I agree its the best new product since the Iphone


    I dont know about the iphone comparison, Iphone is pretty genius
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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #12 on: September 25, 2009, 12:36:30 pm »
    I dont know about the iphone comparison, Iphone is pretty genius

    Ehh, to each his own.

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #13 on: September 25, 2009, 04:44:31 pm »
    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.

    It took me awhile to really figure out a good way to use the 5-way, I basically use my fingernail on the side of the 5-way and push it towards the direction I need it to go. Whenever I tried to just lay my finger on the top of it, I would either go the wrong way or accidentally click down.

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    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.

    I think that's more a limitation of the e-Ink screen, probably not much they could do to speed that up.

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    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.

    I agree with this one, others have found some success with adding a dark, solid color skin which increases the perceived contrast to your eye.



    Changing the font to a darker, bolder font also helps the contrast tremendously (see below).

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    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.

    Couldn't agree more, which is why I did THE FONT HACK. I used Georgia 2 which looks 100x better than the original Kindle font, but there are several to choose from.
    « Last Edit: September 25, 2009, 04:46:34 pm by 911jason »

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #14 on: December 31, 2009, 11:51:35 am »
    Great review!
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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #15 on: January 03, 2010, 12:54:25 pm »
    Yea, I agree with most stuff here. 

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #16 on: January 16, 2010, 03:25:26 pm »
    "Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #17 on: January 21, 2010, 01:34:04 pm »
    looks very technological, nice

    aGree, looks pretty cool.

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #18 on: January 21, 2010, 01:53:09 pm »
    davistroy - just curious if you could give us a review now that you have had it over a year. I love follow-ups
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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #19 on: January 21, 2010, 05:12:27 pm »
    davistroy - just curious if you could give us a review now that you have had it over a year. I love follow-ups

    Me too, hehe.

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #20 on: February 16, 2010, 07:52:41 am »
    I'd love a follow up too

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #21 on: February 17, 2010, 10:41:22 am »
    that would be nice.

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #22 on: February 17, 2010, 03:39:21 pm »
    I think he has disappeared
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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #23 on: March 01, 2010, 12:24:21 pm »
    He will come around.

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    Re: Kindle 2 First Impressions by davistroy
    « Reply #24 on: March 02, 2010, 01:33:16 pm »
    davistroy - please come back
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