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Old 02-24-2009, 08:37 PM   #46
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Okay, it's about 8:30pm, and when I called home earlier my hubby said there's an Amazon box there for me!!!!! Why can't this night hurry up and end! I've been at work since 2pm and can't leave until 11pm, oh the agony! I must rush home plug it in and turn it on just to see what it looks like. I just sold my Kindle 1 about a week ago, wish I had kept it as well. I'm having withdrawals! Will post again tomorrow after I visit with my new friend for hours on end. Till then, happy reading everyone!
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:39 PM   #47
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Okay, it's about 8:30pm, and when I called home earlier my hubby said there's an Amazon box there for me!!!!! Why can't this night hurry up and end! I've been at work since 2pm and can't leave until 11pm, oh the agony! I must rush home plug it in and turn it on just to see what it looks like. I just sold my Kindle 1 about a week ago, wish I had kept it as well. I'm having withdrawals! Will post again tomorrow after I visit with my new friend for hours on end. Till then, happy reading everyone!
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:40 PM   #48
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I got mine also and while I'm liking it the differences between the 2 and the 1 are not significant.
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:53 PM   #49
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And the Amazon store has plenty of free content too.
Don't forget with the browser you can download books from mobieread.com and feedbooks.com. Just put the download guides on them. Type these URLs in your Kindles browser to get them:

http://www.mobileread.com/mobiguide

http://www.feedbooks.com/kindleguide

Once those "books" are on your Kindle you can browse/search through them and d/l books directly to your Kindle... free of charge.

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Old 02-24-2009, 08:54 PM   #50
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Don't forget with the browser you can download books from mobieread.com and feedbooks.com. Just put the download guides on them. Type these URLs in your Kindles browser to get them:

http://www.mobileread.com/mobiguide

http://www.feedbooks.com/kindleguide

Once those "books" are on your Kindle you can browse/search through them and d/l books directly to your Kindle... free of charge.

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Plus, the free books downloaded from here and the other sites mentioned will be better formatted.
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:54 PM   #51
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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.

Also love the fact that I can charge my phone, and kindle with the same cord. One less thing to shlep around!
I agree about about the screen. With the white unit, the background does seem darker, but it's just the nature of E-ink.

Oh yeah, the K2 does fit on my phone charger. Awesome observation! Thanks
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:32 PM   #52
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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
The case you got I was curious about. Is it firm enough to be comfortable to hold when folded back?

I decided to get the Cole Haan case in smooth dark brown leather. Its a wonderful case. when closed however it doesn't fold completely flat. I think with time it will. I do have a sleeve I will be keeping it in when done reading for the day but I somewhat wonder if I should have just got the black case instead. But very nice soft leather and suede interior.
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:08 PM   #53
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How do you go to the previous page while holding it w/ your right hand?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:17 PM   #54
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Mine just shipped and it's all I can do not to call in for a sub on the day it's due to arrive. Hurry up, Kindle!
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:21 PM   #55
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How do you go to the previous page while holding it w/ your right hand?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?
You press the button with your left hand.

Seriously, is this a problem? 99% of the time when you are reading you are going to the NEXT page.

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Old 02-24-2009, 11:21 PM   #56
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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.
Thanks for the input, and I would appreciate everything else you come across. Personally, I prefer to hear about the negatives b/c I already know the good things about it.

i understand it's not a great "web" browser but how does it work on wikipedia? does it take a while for pages to load? Do the pages look distorted?
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:06 AM   #57
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i understand it's not a great "web" browser but how does it work on wikipedia? does it take a while for pages to load? Do the pages look distorted?
It makes a pretty poor web browser, because I'd much rather have a full sized keyboard, a full-sized color screen, and high-speed broadband ----

BUT it makes a wonderful on-the-go browser. I was able to go to google maps and get directions with no problem. I was able to go to wikipedia and read an article no problem.

It is not as convenient as a PC, but it gives you free access on the go. I don't know how many times I've been out in the car and wished I had google maps with me. Yes, I do have a TomTom GPS, but I don't always carry it with me either. However, as a reader, I expect that I will almost always have my K2 with me.
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Old 02-25-2009, 05:45 AM   #58
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Hi -

Haven't posted here in ages, but wanted to let you all know that I received my Kindle 2, and do find it significantly better than Kindle 1.

1. The fit and finish of the 2 feels more substantial.
2. The "accidental" page turns that plagued me with the 1 are now eliminated in the 2.
3. The screen (to me anyway) is a significant upgrade. Maybe it's the greyscale, but the text seems clearer and of course photos are sharper.
4. I actually love the Cole Haan case. I got the black pebbled finish, and find it fits just fine. I love the floppy, supple leather, and think it'll only get better with use.

I do, however, miss the SD card slot of the 1. I did max out my 1's memory - but it was only because I was lazy in deleting newspapers and magazines. And, no, I never transferred material to my SD card... But it was great to know it was there!

Also, I confess I miss the scroll wheel and it's sparkly cursor. Oh well!

On the whole I'm happy I upgraded. I just wish they offered it in black, because the white gets so dirty.

Enjoy!
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Pretty much yes.

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