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View Poll Results: Will you upgrade just for the front light?
No, I want improvement to the screen 57 47.11%
Yes, a front light will do it for me. 36 29.75%
Yes, but only with other h/w improvements (e.g. less weight, better touch) 28 23.14%
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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Will you upgrade if new kindle only adds front light?

Will you upgrade if the next kindle only adds a front light and the screen remains the same? No improved contrast or resolution. No unbreakable screen.

(I personally will not. I still use a k3)
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
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I really like the idea of the front light. But, I think there'd be the need for another option there for those of us who are in the "maybe" boat due to price. I guess that would be a subset of the 3rd option, though. I'll go with that, then.
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:58 PM   #3
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I didn't vote because there was no choice for "no I'm not interested period." What do you bet they make any new models just different enough to require new covers? I've got a generic cover so it would probably work with any new model as long as they don't drastically change the size. But I think I'll sit out this generation of Kindles unless there is truly some spectacular new feature/functionality. A lit screen doesn't interest me in the least as I use my iPad 3 to read Kindle books when in darkened areas. I only use the eInk when in well lit areas.
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:29 PM   #4
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I don't need a front-lit screen. I don't think I want a new Kindle until they make improvements to their archive handling, in addition to improved contrasst, bigger capacity, page turn buttons. I'll just keep using the two keyboard models that I have, and My Sony T1, which I like best.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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Only if the K3 gets the backlit screen.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:39 PM   #6
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The screen needs to get better before I'll upgrade. Especially if Amazon, like B&N, wants $40 more for a front-lighted device.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:50 PM   #7
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No, I'm fine with my K3. If the new Kindles have an improved screen, like higher pixel density, then I would consider an upgrade. But the quality of the screen is foremost for me.

ETA: and only if I can get one with page turn buttons on the side.
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... I don't think I want a new Kindle until they make improvements to their archive handling...
Curious: what do you find deficient with archive handling? Kindle Touch does have some improvements there (ability to set filter by content type, better search). I'd like to see 'sort by most recent' (like the apps tend to have), but otherwise it seems okay to me.
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Let me preface all my comments below by saying that I'm strictly referring to eInk ereaders or some other form of non-back lit display. I do not read on back lit displays.

I didn't vote, because current screen technology is more than satisfactory for me.
  • if they only add front lit technology, I won't upgrade - I have a lamp
  • if they only improve resolution, I won't upgrade - current Pearl tech meets my needs
  • if they only add both of the above, I still won't upgrade


Improvements that would get me to upgrade:
  • non-breakable substrate
  • adding an audio player to the Kindle 4
  • reducing the size to that of a Galaxy Player 5
  • ability to browse, borrow, and download library books directly from the Kindle
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:49 PM   #10
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I didn't vote because there was no choice for "no I'm not interested period." What do you bet they make any new models just different enough to require new covers? I've got a generic cover so it would probably work with any new model as long as they don't drastically change the size. But I think I'll sit out this generation of Kindles unless there is truly some spectacular new feature/functionality. A lit screen doesn't interest me in the least as I use my iPad 3 to read Kindle books when in darkened areas. I only use the eInk when in well lit areas.
Would you upgrade if they fixed the KF8 line-height bug and added the front light?
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:50 PM   #11
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Only if the K3 gets the backlit screen.
That will never ever happen. eink cannot have a backlit screen. The light would not shine through.
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As was said by jswinden, this poll needs a no, not going to upgrade option. Without it, the results are skewed and the numbers meaningless.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:53 PM   #13
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If it has a front-lit screen, some memory improvements, and page turn buttons... maybe.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:57 PM   #14
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These polls are all meaningless. Sometimes interesting, but still meaningless.

And the KF line-height bug is a problem with a *single* device. My Fire works just fine.

And, unless there is a *huge* improvement, I'll not upgrade. I have 3 Kindles and a DX backup that work just fine for me.
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Curious: what do you find deficient with archive handling? Kindle Touch does have some improvements there (ability to set filter by content type, better search). I'd like to see 'sort by most recent' (like the apps tend to have), but otherwise it seems okay to me.
Folders would be a great improvement. Why aren't they available now?

I would organize books within folders and sub-folders alphabetically by author/title or author/series/title. Titles in series would be organized chronologically by publication date:
  • V -- Z ---> Verne ---> I -- L ---> Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • A -- D ---> Burroughs ---> A -- D ---> Caspak Series ---> 1- Land That Time Forgot; 2- People That Time Forgot; 3- Out of Time's Abyss

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