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Old 10-09-2012, 11:53 AM   #147
jswinden
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Originally Posted by Trauma Doll View Post
Bleh, you mean you're thinking of sending back your replacement, too? (EDIT: Oh, I think you mean your original bad unit?)

I had one day with my PW (under identical lighting conditions as any other day) where the color blobs seemed faded (I probably posted about it), but it didn't last.

My replacement is out for delivery today, but I'm pretty resigned to getting another bad one, based on stories/images here, customer images on Amazon.com (both from happy and unhappy users), and the 1 & 2-star reviews.

Amusingly, I noticed the Amazon trade-in value of the Kindle Keyboard/3rd gen went up a few dollars in the last few days. (Glad I never went through with trading mine in--it's still my plan B.)

Like a lot of people, I feel that there's definitely an element of marketing fail to this whole thing. They created ridiculous expectations, which, coupled with the obvious QC issues, seems to mean that almost no one got a unit that actually looks like the marketing materials. I could have probably 'settled' for a unit with a decent screen (if I get one), but not after the hype, and not for $120 with the audio hardware removed.
If I were to rate my replacement right now I would give it no more than 3-1/2 stars. In other words it is okay, but nothing to get excited about. Part of the higher rating is because I like the newer FW and features and better touch response. The screen alone I would rate no higher than 3 stars, and that is supposed to be its big selling point.

I saw one of the Paperwhite commercials on TV last night and really watched it carefully. Of course the screen was turned up to level 24 in every shot! But one time when they showed an angled view from the side I could the blue hue and center shadow, though only for a fraction of a second. I definitely would not have noticed that if not for our bad experiences.
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