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Old 02-25-2013, 12:38 PM   #1
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I am planning to buy an ereader within this week.
Looked at Kobo, Kindle and Sony.
I went to a retail store today and spoke with the Sales/Tech. He told me that nearly all of his customers used ereader would give him the same feedback.
"They only last for about a year. after the first year either the battery or the display performance will drop."
If this is true then I will buy the cheapest model that I can get in the market.
Buy another one once my first one die.
Do you agree?
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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I have had kindles since the first. Never had one die (except by stepping on it), but there is always something new. I am locked into the Amazon ecosystem, but fortunately they come out with something new and cheap every couple years. I find my Paper White to be the best ever (but it is the newest!)
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:45 PM   #3
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"You get what you pay for" comes to mind. If the quality of the ereader, and it's rendering of the books, is sub-par, will you enjoy using it for that year??

Personally, I prefer to pay a little more for better quality. That includes an extended warranty (I have kids-who-are-not-so-careful-with-devices syndrome). Then the reader lasts for several years - I still have an iPad 1. I have started eyeing the mini...I think I'll wait until the retina-mini comes out this spring.

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Old 02-25-2013, 12:46 PM   #4
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No, I don't agree they only last about a year.

All of the eInk readers I've purchased going back to 2007 still work fine (the oldest [Sony 505 & Kindle 2] don't get as much battery life as they once did, but are much older than 1 year).
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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If you're going to be spending a lot of time using it over a year, then getting a model that pleases you rather than annoys you makes sense to me. It all depends on how much you expect to use it.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:47 PM   #6
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My Bookeen lasted two years, my Elonex only a year, but only because I didn't protect either of those with cases and I had accidents and broke the screens.

My Sony PRS-650 has been in constant use for over two years and feels as good as the day I bought it.

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Old 02-25-2013, 12:56 PM   #7
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I've had my Kindle Keyboard since December 2010, it still works fine. I have had to reset it to factory settings a couple times when it started acting up, but that fixed it.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:00 PM   #8
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Well e-readers and or tablets ether die by homicide or heart failure!


But at least with heart failure most devices can get a transplant!

(New Battery)

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Old 02-25-2013, 01:06 PM   #9
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My 4 year old Sony PRS-505 is still working, with the same display performance as ever and good battery duration. I am now using a T2, which I bought because I wanted some of the new features, not because the 505 had any problems.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:16 PM   #10
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None of mine have died on me yet, my oldest is a kindle keyboard from a few years ago. The battery would likely be the thing to die first and like DustyDisks said, they are easy to replace.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:28 PM   #11
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I managed to break a Kindle with spectacular carelessness. That isn't unusual for me, I'm still recovering from a badly sprained ankle, and I loaned my Kindle Keyboard to a friend going trekking in Nepal and she swears a porter dropped the bag with the Kindle and broke the screen.

I have no idea of the life expectancy of a Kindle in my hands but I suspect it's like televisions and I'll want a new one before the old one actually dies.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:00 PM   #12
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I've had a Sony PRS-350 for almost two years (purchased Fall 2011) and I still get two weeks of battery or more (depending on how often I use it) before I have to charge it. The screen is also in great condition. It's exactly how it was when I was bought. Keep in mind that this was a demo model. So the battery was being used even before I purchased it.

I'm not sure why the salesperson told the OP what he did. The battery on an e-reader will deplete over time but that is the case with any gadget. My iPod Touch 3rd generation doesn't keep a charge as long as it did when I first bought it. I also had a smartphone where I had to replace the battery after a year! To be fair, the phone was pretty awful. So my point is that e-readers have a good life expectancy that is probably comparable to other electronics.

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Old 02-25-2013, 02:06 PM   #13
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I am planning to buy an ereader within this week.
Looked at Kobo, Kindle and Sony.
I went to a retail store today and spoke with the Sales/Tech. He told me that nearly all of his customers used ereader would give him the same feedback.
"They only last for about a year. after the first year either the battery or the display performance will drop."
If this is true then I will buy the cheapest model that I can get in the market.
Buy another one once my first one die.
Do you agree?
My Kindle Keyboard still works fine and that's over a year old. Ditto for my Kobo Touch and Sony T1.

I think it's how you take care of your stuff. Some people are tough on electronics.
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Edit: Fairly heavy use as I read about 200 books a year.

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