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Old 04-05-2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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Did you change your mind about touch screens?

Hello, Everyone!

I haven't been on here for quite some time but was feeling the urge to talk ebooks and ereaders with y'all. I'm curious about what the current buzz is in regards to touch screens. Last time I checked, Kindle fans were pretty united in disliking touch screens (e.g. "Ew! Finger prints!") but now that Amazon has its own touch screen ereader, I was wondering if anyone has had second thoughts. If you switched over, what made you decide to make the switch? What did Amazon get "right"?

For the record, I'm still rockin' a K3/Kindle Keyboard. I am having a slight want for something shiny and new, but I think a new Gelaskin will take care of things nicely.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:45 PM   #2
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Well, I've been using my Kindle Fire (not exactly the same thing) for a while now, and it hasn't really changed my opinion of touch screens much. I still find them to be finger print magnets that are still a little too finicky. I much prefer side-buttons for turning pages. Ideally, I'd like a reader with both, side-buttons when I want to read, and a touch screen for other uses.
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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I would love to see a multi-touch, e-ink reader that would function similar to the LCD readers out there. Like you said, there's just something a little too finicky about the current generation of touch screen e-ink readers. I did try out my mom's new Sony WiFi Reader and thought that it was quite nice; although, not enough to buy something new.

Does the Fire work well for reading? I'm reluctant to get a tablet since I already have enough distractions in my life. I've play with the Fire on display at my local Target whenever I'm in there, but it just hasn't clicked with me. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something about the user interface bugs me.
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:15 PM   #4
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Nope, got a KT in the house - still don't like touching the display.

Tablets I couldn't possibly care less for, and touch screen ATMs thankfully still have the reassuring buttons

Come to think of it, the only time I can remember enjoying them was at the aquarium as a kid.
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:17 PM   #5
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Nope, got a KT in the house - still don't like touching the display.
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I feel like this might be a silly question, but, why did you buy a KT if it's not your cup of tea?
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:24 PM   #6
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I bought the KT because I wanted the extra space so I was willing to put up with the touch screen, I had nothing but problems with it. It wouldn't import collections on successfully on the first one then it died on me. Amazon sent me a replacement, the second one just died on me and Amazon once again sent me a replacement. I sold it to my sister, who doesn't read as often as I do and replaced it with the nontouch. Though I will say I like my Galaxy Tab but I am constantly cleaning the screen because I too do not like the fingerprints.
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:28 PM   #7
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I feel like this might be a silly question, but, why did you buy a KT if it's not your cup of tea?
I live with other people who are free to purchase whatever they want
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:52 PM   #8
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I have never liked touch screens but my iPad has changed my habits on that. Found myself trying to drag something on my wife's laptop this evening.

Have ordered a KT. Hope I like it
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:22 PM   #9
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I didn't think I would like a touch screen reader. But I got the Sony Reader WiFi and I LOVE it. It is an excellent reader. I love having both page turn buttons and the ability to turn them via the touch screen. I have over 2000 books on it and no problems whatsoever. Wish I could say that about my Kindles.

As for the Kindle Fire, YES it is good to read on! I LOVE it! It is the coolest little thing. The "other stuff" is nice too. But for ereader, YES. and I was so sure I would say NO. I do NOT like reading on my kids' Nook Color. But the Fire is better! It is definitely a great ereader!

Best to have one of each, as the Fire doesn't have a long battery life, and not too good outside.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:29 PM   #10
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For a straight eInk reader? No. I have absolutely no desire for touchscreen. I like the current setup with the K3.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:30 PM   #11
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I never thought I'd like a touch screen LCD e-reader, and then I bought a Kindle Fire, mostly because it was so cheap with my Amazon credit that I couldn't resist.

I haven't touched my Kindle 3 (Kindle Keyboard) since.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:35 PM   #12
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My fingers are no less oilier than previously, and as a result I have not had reason to change my mind about touch-screens.

There's also tactile feedback. When I press a button, I know without concentrating that there's a definite outcome on the screen. With touch-screens, I feel the need to concentrate on the screen to see if the device has responded to my touch. I find that I can get away with being mentally lazier with buttons, if you get what I mean....
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:16 PM   #13
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I love my K Touch and Fire. Fingerprints are a non-issue with the Kindle Touch and very little movement of one's digit is necessary to turn pages. The Fire, as with any glass screen, can pick up fingerprints depending on how clean one's hands might be. I see only a few fingerprints when navigating the Fire and what little exists is quickly wiped away with a small microfiber cloth.

I haven't touched my Kindle Keyboard but I do still use a DX. Love the Touch and I will not go back to buttons.
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:25 PM   #14
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I bought the KT because I wanted the extra space so I was willing to put up with the touch screen, I had nothing but problems with it. It wouldn't import collections on successfully on the first one then it died on me. Amazon sent me a replacement, the second one just died on me and Amazon once again sent me a replacement. I sold it to my sister, who doesn't read as often as I do and replaced it with the nontouch. Though I will say I like my Galaxy Tab but I am constantly cleaning the screen because I too do not like the fingerprints.
The K4 is a nice little reader but it doesn't like adding more then a few books at a time. Yesterday I send 15 books to my K4 and it choked and froze. So I had to go to MYK page and send them one by one from there. I do get freezes on the K4 now and then nothing major but it locks up at random. The battery life is okay. 14 days on heavy reading with WiFi off. Regular reading gets about 18 days.

I will eventually get a Kindle Touch as I can't see the K4 lasting as long as my K3 has. My K3 is still running like a champ!
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:47 PM   #15
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Even though I use a Sony Touch (PRS-350) I still find myself using the physical buttons more for page turning. For navigation, however, I still prefer it hands down to navigating on the K3 or K4

Prediction - Amazon will release another touch edition with physical page turn buttons (probably not anytime soon, though).
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