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Old 01-20-2012, 09:52 AM   #16
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So, I have this in both corners and never really worried or gave it a thought. My K3 is almost a year old, but was purchased at Best Buy, not Amazon. Is that an issue with them? And is it really worth it? Won't the replacement be likely to do the same thing? How many times might you go through this?

It wasn't bothering me until I read this thread. LOL! But now I wonder.....
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Well, if you replace it, the new one will have a new battery. Even if you end up getting cracks in the new one, you're already ahead by a year's battery life.
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So, I have this in both corners and never really worried or gave it a thought. My K3 is almost a year old, but was purchased at Best Buy, not Amazon. Is that an issue with them? And is it really worth it? Won't the replacement be likely to do the same thing? How many times might you go through this?

It wasn't bothering me until I read this thread. LOL! But now I wonder.....
The only reason you may wish to get it replaced is that it could have an adverse effect on the resale value of your K3. But as far as its functionality goes, no, none.
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:52 AM   #19
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Mine and my wife's K3s both had the hairline crack and they replaced them both. It's a hardware defect, so they should replace it.

So far neither replacements have gotten the crack (I wonder if they reinforced the bezel on the newer ones).
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So far neither replacements have gotten the crack (I wonder if they reinforced the bezel on the newer ones).
I assume that when Cathie's says she got her kindle Christmas last year, she means Christmas 2011, which would make it less than a month old.
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Don't worry about it. It's a stress fracture due to the sharp corner of the bezel. It's purely cosmetic and it won't spread. It certainly won't do the electronics or the screen of the Kindle any damage at all. Amazon should certainly replace it for you, though, if you wish.
-1 for saying it's not a problem. It is a problem and needs to be dealt with.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:31 PM   #22
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-1 for saying it's not a problem. It is a problem and needs to be dealt with.
I didn't say that it wasn't a problem; I said that it wouldn't get any worse, and wouldn't do your Kindle any harm. As has been said, Amazon will replace your Kindle if you wish. Please take the time to read posts properly.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:16 PM   #23
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I assume that when Cathie's says she got her kindle Christmas last year, she means Christmas 2011, which would make it less than a month old.
oops! sorry I wasn't clear on that. My K3 was a present from Christmas 2010.
I spoke with a rep and they are happy to replace my K3 - for the cost of $65.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:26 PM   #24
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oops! sorry I wasn't clear on that. My K3 was a present from Christmas 2010.
I spoke with a rep and they are happy to replace my K3 - for the cost of $65.
For that much, I'd go for a Kindle Touch instead.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:30 PM   #25
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For that much, I'd go for a Kindle Touch instead.
I would tend to agree, but I dislike touch screens. Old fashioned of me I know.
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:10 AM   #26
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For that much I'd go with the basic Kindle 4 (non-touch), especially if you don't take many notes. For me the keyboard is a waste.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:54 AM   #27
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My Kindle 3 now has a crack. It's a bout 1 1/2 years old.

Functionality is not affected, but my sense of 'correctness' is. I don't like any kind of cosmetic wear on anything I own, and try to keep everything in as perfect condition as possible.

I have no current plans to visit the U.S., and I'm reluctant to have anything shipped to and from Peru.



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After much thought I decided to keep my K3 despite the crack. I purchased a skin to protect and keep any dirt & dust out. Perfect.
Thanks for all your opinions and suggestions.
Now if only I could solve the problem of the fading letters on my keyboard. Does anyone have any suggestions? And no I am not going to call customer services to return it for that. To be fair it is normal wear and tear. I LOVE my K3. And I don't want to part with it for any length of time.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:43 PM   #29
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After much thought I decided to keep my K3 despite the crack. I purchased a skin to protect and keep any dirt & dust out. Perfect.
Thanks for all your opinions and suggestions.
Now if only I could solve the problem of the fading letters on my keyboard. Does anyone have any suggestions? And no I am not going to call customer services to return it for that. To be fair it is normal wear and tear. I LOVE my K3. And I don't want to part with it for any length of time.
Probably a clear overlay over the keyboard section of the kindle. Not sure if any skins have that?
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I'm not sure how legible or durable the letters are on them, but you could try a silicone skin like these ones that slip over the entire Kindle, keyboard and all:

M-Edge M-Skin for Kindle 3.
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