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Old 08-11-2011, 01:05 AM   #1
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Is anyone else on pins & needles waiting for the K4??? There's no leaked images or specs??? This is driving me nuts!!
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:27 AM   #2
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Since there has been no real advance in eink display this year, I don't expect the k4 to be much of an improvement over my k3.

Unless amazon surprises us and comes out with 7" and/or higher res.
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:48 AM   #3
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Unless Amazon adds ePub support, I see nothing all that new unless Amazon goes touch and removes the keyboard.
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Old 08-11-2011, 02:30 AM   #4
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I'm curious as to what it will be. However, I just got my K3 in June so I doubt I'll be getting the next version.
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Old 08-11-2011, 03:47 AM   #5
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...I see nothing all that new unless Amazon goes touch and removes the keyboard.
That's what I'm waiting for - a smaller Kindle with a touch screen.
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Old 08-11-2011, 03:50 AM   #6
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I'm tempted to get the Kindle 3, but the Kindle 4 should be available within a few weeks / months...If it's only a "touch" version of the Kindle 3, I could stay with the Kindle 3, but if it get's a higher resolution screen and / or faster refresh rate for example, now that would be interesting.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:14 AM   #7
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the Kindle 4 should be available within a few weeks / months
I don't see this, likely to be post-Christmas at least as there has been no information to date.

I think the next launch is likely to actually be a Android tablet rather than a dedicated e-reader.
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:56 AM   #8
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My recommendation is to look at the recent advances in PC chips for clues as to what the new model will be like. The new processors have a lot lower power requirements then the older chips do, thus your new Kindle 4 will have a longer life battery then the 3 does. New chips have better resolution then the older chips do, thus your 4 will have better screen resolution then the 3. What the new chips do not tell you about is what Amazon does in firmware so I would assume nothing in that department so that you do not get disapointed. So I would recommend that you look for longer battery life and better screen resolution then what you have now.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:05 AM   #9
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:40 AM   #10
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Unless Amazon adds ePub support, I see nothing all that new unless Amazon goes touch and removes the keyboard.
I also used to rant and rave over the lack of epub, but then I bought a Kindle and quickly got over it. After 4 days of Calibre conversion I was sold and I have no interest in any sort of touch screen. The contrast is lower and I don't care for the lack of precision with the key board.

The current info says they will have two versions of Kindle, one with a touch screen and some sort of tablet, possibly with 2 sizes of screen.

Maybe you should actually get a Kindle? You might get over this epub obsession.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:13 AM   #11
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Maybe you should actually get a Kindle? You might get over this epub obsession.
What and take two steps backwards? No thanks. Mobipocket is obsolete and until Amazon realizes this, they are just cheating their customers.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:53 AM   #12
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I am in the market for a tablet. I suspect that the K4 will be have a touch screen but I don't expect anything overly exciting.

For the record, I tend to ignore JSWolf's post on this board. They rarely contain new information and tend to be pretty repetative and boring.
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:27 AM   #13
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...and I have no interest in any sort of touch screen. The contrast is lower and I don't care for the lack of precision with the key board.
Agreed. I couldn't care less for a touchscreen kindle.
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:52 AM   #14
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I would settle for a K4 that had the following improvements as opposed to a new touch screen. I too am not that excited over touch screens--tried several and wasn't impressed.

Hardware Improvements that would be nice
  • A much faster processor
  • A better trackpad and keyboard

Firmware Improvements that would be nice
  • Ability to sideload fonts
  • Better built-in book management
  • Way more on-device formatting ability
  • ePub support (doubt this will ever happen)

As far as tablets go, until they come up with affordable large displays that have 300 dpi resolution, reading text will be a pain. I love my iPad, but not for reading. The NookColor was better, but still not nearly as good as the Retina displays on the iPhone/iPt4 or on some of the Android phones. (My Motorola Atrix 4G has a screen on par with Apple's Retina display.)

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Old 08-11-2011, 12:04 PM   #15
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I have no interest in any sort of touch screen. The contrast is lower and I don't care for the lack of precision with the key board.
All the modern readers use infra-red beam touch screens. These have nothing "physical" on top of the display, and have absolutely no impact whatsoever on display clarity. I'm not particularly a fan of touch screens myself, but please let's not spread false information about them.
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