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Old 12-23-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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Kindle Life Spans

So far I've owned four Kindles of which one still survives. The other three died.

I purchased a 3rd Generation Kindle WiFi in July, 2010. It shorted out and was replaced by another in September, 2010. Today that one just went dead even though the battery is fine and accepts a charge. The long hold on the start key did not revive it.

I received my first Kindle Fire in mid-Novermber, 2011, and it died in one month. Amazon replaced it with another.

Thus, of four received, only one survives.

In "contrast" my Sony PRS 900 was purchased (for twice the price of the Fire) in December, 2009, and never died but went totally OBSOLETE when the 3rd Generation Kindle appeared. It still lives, however.

It appears I will be buying a new Kindle every year with Amazon only warrenting it for 12 months. After that I will just deregister and remove the cover before I discard them on death.

Therefore, I'm spending far more on eReaders than on eBooks. Since I enjoyed them all, I am fully satisfied and am preparing to buy the 5th Generation Kindle when it appears in 2012. Hopefully, my present unit will live until then (its covered by the Amazon warrenty until November, 2012.)

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Old 12-23-2011, 06:43 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about so much trouble with your Kindles. My original, now 4-year-old, Kindle 1 is stored away, but the last time I unpacked it it worked fine. My k3 continues to chug along, and my Kindle Fire doesn't show any signs of failing.

Hope you have better luck with your Kindles in the future.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:50 PM   #3
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My K2 has never given me bit of trouble. I got it right around the time they first first came out. It sees an hour or more of use every day at the very minimum.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:52 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear about so much trouble with your Kindles. My original, now 4-year-old, Kindle 1 is stored away, but the last time I unpacked it it worked fine. My k3 continues to chug along, and my Kindle Fire doesn't show any signs of failing.

Hope you have better luck with your Kindles in the future.
Your Kindle 1 is OBSOLETE, by the away.

However, good new for me. I charged for four hours and then held the Start button for 5 minutes. Released it and held it for another 5 minutes and it rebooted.

Its the RESURRECTION.

Maybe that would have worked for that first Kindle Fire. I'll have to remember that.

At least 2 of my 4 now LIVE !
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:50 PM   #5
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My K2 & K3 still both work just fine.
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:52 PM   #6
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I got a Kindle 2 in January 2010 and it is still going strong. My daughter is using it while she is home from college.
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:08 AM   #7
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I got my Kindle 3 in mid March (this year) and it's still going strong almost a yr later. I still haven't figured out exactly how to turn it off and back on (how long exactly to hold the power switch) so if I turn it off it takes me a while to work out how to get it back on so I rarely turn it off. Basically though it hasn't given me any real trouble. I bought a case for it very soon after I ordered the reader so I wouldn't have as much chance of damaging it if I dropped it. I have done so several times since then and have yet to have any damage to the unit as a result.
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:36 AM   #8
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Your Kindle 1 is OBSOLETE, by the away.
Sure, that's why I replaced it with a Kindle 3 and stored it away. My point was that it got a lot of use, 3+ years worth, and still works fine. I'm not exactly sure why you capitalized OBSOLETE.
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Old 12-24-2011, 06:31 AM   #9
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Obsolete and working trumps up-to-date and broken (or on the fritz).

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Old 12-24-2011, 07:48 AM   #10
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Well, my Sony PRS-500 was purchased 5 years ago and it is still going strong. I suspect that the screen is darker than it was when I purchased the device and the battery "only" lasts 10 days between charges, with about 30 minutes of use per day. You also have to consider that is is impossible to switch it off and you only suspend it when you press power button. It "switches on" in about 1 second.

But ... at that time it sold for $350 - about four times the price the cheapest Kindle costs nowadays. It has all-metal case and from what I have seen on photos the screen is set into tough metal frame inside.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:14 AM   #11
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Your Kindle 1 is OBSOLETE, by the away.
Um........why is it "OBSOLETE"?

Just because a device is not the newest version does not make it "obsolete"

I gave my granddaughter one I had bought in June of 2008, and she is still happily reading on it. Books load just fine, and she sees no need to upgrade.

I'm not sure why you are having problems with your devices, but you seem to be in the minority.........
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:31 PM   #12
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My k2 is still going strong also and it usually sees 5-6 hours of usage a day.
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