View Full Version : What's the kindle like for typing documents on?


THJahar
12-09-2007, 09:44 AM
Well as the title say's what's the kindle like for typing documents on?
Has anyone used it for say writing a multi page document, and what are their thought's?
I like to write short stories and was considering an Eee but if i could happily tap away at a kindle and achieve the same effect i'd be happy.

Alisa
12-09-2007, 11:56 AM
If it has an ediitor program I haven't noticed it. My typing has been limited to annotations and search. It's slow, especially if you need to see your text as you type since the screen is slow. Personally, I'd rather have an Eee if I were going to do much typing. I really don't consider the Kindle a multi-function device. Yes, you can websurf and such on it, but that's not what it's good at. It's good at being a reader.

azog
12-09-2007, 01:04 PM
Well, it's a reader, not a writer. You can make annotations (I think! I haven't used that feature one way or another), but you really can't do any significant writing on it. You could login to a web page, say Wikipedia, and edit with the built-in browser, but I think I'd rather pluck my nose-hairs out one at a time. I did notice when typing in the search bar, it's a little slow on the keys...

Since it runs Linux, it might not be unrealistic to think that someone will eventually hack it and turn it into a portable type text console.

rflashman
12-09-2007, 05:21 PM
There are many BETTER choices of what you can get for $399 if you are shopping for a word processing computer. Though you do bring to air the rising interest in people wanting a e-Ink based computer for increased readability.

cfw123
12-09-2007, 07:40 PM
I have both the Eee Asus and the Kindle. I certainly don't recommend the Kindle for typing content. The Eee is much better, but the keybard is a little small for my touch typing fingers, but I can learn anything. But I think I prefer my Toshiba Laptop over both. I bought the Eee for portability, even though the Toshiba Laptop isn't too bad to carry around -- but can't come close to the Eee for real portabiloity.

I enjoy reading very much -- hence the Kindle. But I also enjoy writing, and get many of my creative ideas while reading the writings of others. But I really hate being stuck at home to type, as that kills my creativity. So both the Eee and the Kindle match my needs perfectly.

The Kindle was a snap to learn -- it's great, simple, and does exactly what I want it to do. But I still have to learn to "master" the Eee -- it is different, especially in Linus mode, which I have never used before. But it looks great, and just need to spend the time to really get acquainted with it.

Charles Wilkes

Hadrien
12-09-2007, 07:43 PM
Which e-book format do you use on the EE cfw123 ?

catsittingstill
12-10-2007, 09:30 PM
I have read one review that said the Kindle keyboard was extraordinarily hard to type on, not just because of the delay in the letters appearing on the screen, but because the keys themselves were hard to depress enough to get the letter to register, and made a loud click.

But it could have been just that one unit--everybody else has basically described the keyboard as cramped but useable.

HarryT
12-11-2007, 08:15 AM
eInk screens and word processing are not a happy combination :).

rflashman
12-11-2007, 10:31 AM
I have read one review that said the Kindle keyboard was extraordinarily hard to type on, not just because of the delay in the letters appearing on the screen, but because the keys themselves were hard to depress enough to get the letter to register, and made a loud click.

I suspect the hardness of the Kindle keyboard is intentional to prevent accidental presses. I must admit I've never pressed a key accidentaly.

carld
12-12-2007, 02:01 PM
Somewhat tangential but, It boggled my mind to read that half the bestsellers on the Japanese market were written on cellphones.

TallMomof2
12-13-2007, 03:12 PM
eInk screens and word processing are not a happy combination :).

Especially for big hands and fingers like mine. Look up "fat finger" and you'll see my picture.

Somewhat tangential but, It boggled my mind to read that half the bestsellers on the Japanese market were written on cellphones.

That's amazing, I hate texting on a cell and usually write the message on my Palm with Graffiti and send it to my cell.