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Old 09-22-2011, 04:45 AM   #1
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What Are Your Pros And Cons?

What are you Kindle pros and cons? Just curious!
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:41 AM   #2
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3G/Wifi (I don't use the browser but I like that it is there as a backup in case)

Cons: ummm none. It does what I want to do and works perfectly.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:41 AM   #3
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Whats the page turn like? Kobo wifi is a bit slow for me now.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:23 PM   #4
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:49 PM   #5
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Pros: Amazon has the best book store, Whispersync.

Cons: Bulky, Physical Keyboard, No Thumbnail view,
I agree with this. I use my Kindle because I can get some pretty cheap books to read & shopping is easy. Also Amazon is very good when I accidentally purchase a book (happened twice).

BUT I do not like the size, the keyboard (I accidentally hit buttons I don't want to when reading) and the side page turns. I really prefer the ease of my Sony 350 touch screen.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:11 PM   #6
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I also have a Sony PRS-350, but prefer the Kindle precisely because of the keyboard. It's much more accurate for selecting text than the Sony's touch screen. I constantly find myself selecting the wrong text on the Sony.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:49 PM   #7
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:25 PM   #8
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Cons: price, simplicity, not touch screen, easily reconized (one of my pals got mugged for their Kindle, anyone heard of getting mugged for a Kobo?)

Which one to buy: examine the below statements and decide which statements best describes you and your needs then buy the reader associated with that statement:

1) I want the simplest reader available - Kobo
2) I want a cheap reader: Kobo
3) I don't want to pay for reader but still want one: Smart phone, download free apps for your phone and read for $0
4) Want Color: Nook Color
5) I want the best functionality: Nook Simple Touch
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:11 PM   #9
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Whats the page turn like? Kobo wifi is a bit slow for me now.
The page turn is nice and speedy. From what I ahve read it is faster then the Kobo and about the same speed as the Nook and Sony.
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:25 PM   #10
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From what I've read it seems as if Amazon has a great ecosystem of user reviews and selection, their customer service is top notch and there's no ghosting on the device because of a full page refresh on every turn.

What I don't like is the proprietary file extension locking users to the device, the visual clutter of the hardware keyboard that I'd only use about 2% of the time, and the writing on the wall of their Special Offers model means that some time down the road they could release a Kindle model that forces advertisements on users who are, by that point, too heavily invested in said proprietary format to be able to easily switch devices to avoid the marketing.

Note that I don't see it as likely to happen, and am definitely not saying it will, just that for me personally that's my main motivation for looking at other eReaders.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:21 PM   #11
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They have put a lot of thought into designing a very usuable device. It is easy to look up words in the dictionary. The forward buttons are positioned perfectly.
Of the 3 devices I own, the kindle is the cheapest and the best functioning.

I can think of a few cons. Books with formatted diagrams and tables look better in epub. I can't take my books to one of the competing readers, but the same goes the other way. (I know there are ways to overcome this).
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:37 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the replies. I'm saving up to buy a Kindle lol. I have had enough of Kobo's woeful customer service and I feel like I need to take my business somewhere else.
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None of the "name brand" readers are bad. Kindle Nook Sony Kobo are all fine readers. Each has there pros and cons. But none are wrong choices. That said I love my Kindle.
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- eInk-screen, not bright shiny touchscreen (very eye-friendly)
- Integration to amazon-shop is great, but doesn't limit you in any way when it comes to reading non-amazon content (something we take for granted without really appreciating it)
- Can also play audiobooks and background music, so it can also be used as a small mobile entertainment device
- Real push-button keyboard and ability to write some notes
- Requires only a recharge every couple of weeks
- Simple menu, easy to master
- 3G-connection paid by amazon

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- Extra equipment is a little expensive (like the covers, the recharge cable) - but that's not really a Kindle-problem
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