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View Poll Results: How long have you been using one device?
Not even a year 5 23.81%
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3-4 years 8 38.10%
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:17 AM   #1
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Life expectancy Gen 3?

After about 4 years the screen of my Gen 3 is broken. As this is the second Gen3 (I recieved one from a warranty claim about three years ago) I am apt to say the life expectancy is not that long. I don't know how many people there are that have been using their devices that thorough maybe I am making a prejudiced call......


Well, if you count all the books I've been reading I expect it is not a bad term.

As I am reading a very exciting book series at the moment I ordered a Kindle III from Amazon today.

So I will be leaving this part of the forum to go to the Kindle part.
It makes me wonder about the life expectancy in general. How long do these things last?

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Old 08-24-2011, 11:47 AM   #2
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I've used my Gen3 for 3.5 years, then I got a 2nd-hand Orizon and passed the Gen3 to a relative. It's still working fine, but I don't know how much longer it will last, with him falling asleep with the Gen3 on the belly...
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:00 PM   #3
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My gen3 did broke, but that was because it took some serious hit.

Still in perfect order now
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:09 PM   #4
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In comparison to your's my Gen3 is still a kid, only two and a half years old (bought in April 2009). It still works fine!

Voted 1-2 years although it's not 100 per cent right.
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:55 AM   #5
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Mine broke because under the pillow I leaned on with my elbow there was my Gen3. I replaced the screen. The other one fell from my hands. I replaced the screen. If it broke today I would buy another reader (not Gen3).
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:39 PM   #6
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Mine broke because under the pillow I leaned on with my elbow there was my Gen3. I replaced the screen. The other one fell from my hands. I replaced the screen. If it broke today I would buy another reader (not Gen3).
How did you replace the screen and where did you get it? I understand these are pretty expensive.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:27 PM   #7
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The screen cracked after 2 years, my fault, but there were already CRC errors, trapping the device in a boot loop.
I really liked it.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:42 PM   #8
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eInk screen fragility is why I wouldn't buy anything except a Kindle at the moment. The screens are as fragile as anyone else's (although perhaps better protected by the larger size of the kindle), but their replacement policy is second to none.

Both my Gen3s died, one twice. I haven't bothered to get the screens replaced, since the replacement cost is almost as much as a new Kindle.
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Old 08-27-2011, 02:57 PM   #9
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I must have had a dozen, if not more, eInk devices over the years. I still have, I think, 5 at present. I've never broken a screen. I think that if you look after them carefully, and always use a sturdy case, there's no reason to expect that you will break them.
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Truly.

They might be more fragile than LCD, but not *that* fragile. After my screen broke, i stopped putting the reader in my bag front pocket, and everything when fine. The case still show a mark from the impact that broke the screen. Save for that, i take no more care of my reader that my other devices.
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