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Old 02-24-2009, 04:44 PM   #31
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Just got mine. So far (I've only looked at it for 5 min.) I like it. The $30 leather cover is quite nice IMO. Downloaded one book from Amazon & one from those I have stored on my webserver and everything seems to work well. I get a horrible Sprint signal in my office so need to be away from here to really see how it works.

All in all I'm pretty sure I'm going to love it.
Do give us some comments on that new cover, and the connection method. And piccies too! I'm waiting to purchase a cover, so I want to know what you think.
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:03 PM   #32
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Just got my Kindle2 today

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Mine arrived too!

Here are a few pictures I snapped while unboxing it.
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:57 PM   #34
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It is incredible thin all right. Makes my laptop look downright huge and it's less than an inch high!

My observations:

The 16 grayscale is better than the Sony 505 I think. Very crisp type and I don't have to put it at a larger size to read it clearly.
The text to voice is just OK. The sound is better with earphones but the speech is definitely "canned" sound and some stutter or echo for lack of a better description. However, it is nice having the news read to me while I type this note.
Since this is a new unit for me, there is a lot I need to explore and learn, but my first impression is definitely positive!
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:11 PM   #35
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:17 PM   #36
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Here are a few pictures I snapped while unboxing it.
That second picture really threw me for a couple of seconds "What is that bump on the top bezel!? And what are all those extra ridges!?"

He he... packing material, dummy Donn!
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:17 PM   #37
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Got mine about an hour ago. Amazon case and connection method are very nice. Not impressed by the fit and finish of the Cole Haan case that I ordered, will probably send it back if someone in the family doesn't take it off my hands. Here is a link to the pictures.

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Old 02-24-2009, 07:45 PM   #38
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Got mine about an hour ago. Amazon case and connection method are very nice. Not impressed by the fit and finish of the Cole Haan case that I ordered, will probably send it back if someone in the family doesn't take it off my hands. Here is a link to the pictures.

Cole Haan case w/ Kindle2
Waaaaaaaa I want that case!

Really, its the only thing that makes me jealous of Kindle 2 owners.
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it has a poor fit and finish...that should make you feel better

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Waaaaaaaa I want that case!

Really, its the only thing that makes me jealous of Kindle 2 owners.
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it has a poor fit and finish...that should make you feel better

No not really. I love leather, and that texture looks just like the leather on my Cole Haan purse, which is softer than butter.
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:52 PM   #41
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I wonder if it has that good old leather smell...I may buy one just to sniff it


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No not really. I love leather, and that texture looks just like the leather on my Cole Haan purse, which is softer than butter.
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Leather is definitely the highest quality I have seen in an electronics accessory, but the elastic loops that hold it in place cover the power switch at the top, and the front doesn't fold all the way over the front of the kindle2, making it look a little too cheap for a cover this expensive.
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Leather is definitely the highest quality I have seen in an electronics accessory, but the elastic loops that hold it in place cover the power switch at the top, and the front doesn't fold all the way over the front of the kindle2, making it look a little too cheap for a cover this expensive.
Ahh gotcha. Usually they do a very good job looking at every aspect of one of their products, maybe they had a limited time frame.
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Ooooh. It's a good thing I didn't get that Cole Haan case which was the ONLY one I wanted, but the lack of the integrated "patented" hook was a deal breaker, those tabs are too distracting.

Seems like I don't have to take photos since there are so many photos and reviews and such that are popping up.

Here's my assessment so far:

I love the screen, I wish I could adjust the contrast though. It's not a deal breaker. OR maybe I thought the background was "whiter" than the current grey. The screen is still great.

The male voice is definitely more realistic sounding than the female voice. It's just OK, it has it's moments where it's a bit robotic, but I'm more into the reading than the experimental frills.

Web browsing is a bit rough for my taste, but that has to do with refresh rates. Websites are all about quick eye movement, scan and click and such...books are meant to be read word for word. An internet device this is not. A book reader it certainly is.

Having used it, I found myself trying a variety of positions to hold the device. I'm still trying to find my ultimate comfort zone. With the 505, I'd hold it from the bottom and have my thumb on the bottom left corner working the page back and forward buttons. This one doesn't work like that. I'll need more time on that.

I find the device a bit heavy, no? Anyone else think it's heavy? Especially in the leather cover from Amazon. Just picked it up without the leather cover, it feels great. A bit slippery. It's also hard to hold it with the cover on and it folded back with one's LEFT hand. It wants to slide.

Ahhh...it sounds like I'm being all negative here, but the truth is I love the device. I'm just giving my real world experience with it.

I LOVE the screensavers. Such beautiful photos.

Also love the fact that I can charge my phone, and kindle with the same cord. One less thing to shlep around!

I just thought about something: for those people who like to throw the device in a ziplock and read in the tub, the navigation button is more friendly than the scroll wheel I personally don't read when bathing, but it's something to think about.

The dictionary is wonderful. I learned so many new words today that I wouldn't have known just from context.

It's not a "perfect" device, but in my opinion it's the best option out there now. And the Amazon store has plenty of free content too.

I'm sure to update this thread with more findings. I really am enjoying it so far. Back to reading for me!!!

P.S. whoever asked me if it took a screen shot, yes, it did, it showed up on my kindle when I plugged it into my Mac.
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Ahh gotcha. Usually they do a very good job looking at every aspect of one of their products, maybe they had a limited time frame.
I've said it in a few posts, if the Cole Haan cover has the same latches as the Amazon official leather cover it would be the BEST accessory because that leather from CH looks sooooo buttery. But the elastic really makes it look cheap. It was sitting in my order before I decided to just drop it from my shopping cart. I couldn't justify the money if that little thing would bother me so much.

Thankfully there's no velcro involved in the official cover! It really is super high quality. The construction detail is superb.
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