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Old 08-03-2010, 03:13 AM   #1
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why the heck would you upgrade?

I currently own both of these earlier models (K2i and Dxi) and I think they work great. My wife likes the smaller k2i and I like the larger Dxi (she also like chicken/turkey white meat, and I like dark, a perfect match!). I find that the 3G web browsing (and Amazon book buying) works great for me on the Qld Gold Coast.

If you want to spend a lot less, you can source both these older models on e-bay right for ~50% the cost of newer versions (just make sure you get the international versions if you are in Oz).

I don't intend upgrading either of these in the near future since they both do what I want, and I don't think that the extra features justify the high upgrade costs. Maybe down the road, when Amazon offers coloured E-ink and better web browers (incl. video).

Anyway, just my $0.02's worth.
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:21 AM   #2
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If I had the K2, I would be very tempted to upgrade for the better screen but I would probably wait. It's a better proposition moving from the K1 I have now.
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:55 AM   #3
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I have a K2, and the new screen with supposedly 50% better contrast tempts me a little.

But then again, I still happen to feel that the K2's screen is already close to perfect... so no, I guess I won't be upgrading.

You may also want to take a look at the "Kindle 3 vs Kindle 2 Comparison" at the following link.

http://ireaderreview.com/2010/07/28/...3-vs-kindle-2/
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:35 AM   #4
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Better contrast is worth it to me - I've seen it in person. And color e- ink hold zero interest for me. I bought an ereader to read books, long books with no pictures.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:39 AM   #5
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Better contrast, better ergonomy. Sometimes the K2 is just too bulky
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:59 AM   #6
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Fits better in my handbag? And since I have a pretty weak back, I really do not want much weight contributing factors. Even though the kindle 2 is pretty light as well.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:48 AM   #7
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PLenty of folks are not upgrading. I did not move from the K1 to the K2.

It is a personal preference.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:59 AM   #8
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I don't think I would upgrade a K2i, per se, but at $139 for the wifi only model, I would probably pick one up just for the hell of it.
That said I don't have to make that decision since we're getting a K3 3G for another family member anyway.


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Old 08-03-2010, 09:03 AM   #9
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It's all about the screen. The other stuff is nice but not the deal clincher. As soon as I saw the Pearl screen on my GDX I knew the K3 was going to have to replace my K2i.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:07 AM   #10
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It's all about the screen. The other stuff is nice but not the deal clincher. As soon as I saw the Pearl screen on my GDX I knew the K3 was going to have to replace my K2i.
That too. I was forgetting about the Pearl Screen. Quite interesting! (is the difference so remarkable?)
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:10 AM   #11
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:55 AM   #13
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:40 PM   #14
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I just got a refurbished K2 for $109, and I'm thinking of returning it and getting a wifi only K3. Things that are holding me back:

Price difference - $30 is $30. I was able to get a case for my nook and kindle with that.
The hassle of returning and waiting for several weeks without use of the device.
Losing 3g - it's not a big deal, but it's nice not to have to deal with wifi
Ability to upgrade later - I can probably sell what I have for a little less than what I paid anyway in the future and upgrade then.

Things that are making me think I should return this:

Clicking noise when using the page turn buttons
Better screen contrast - The existing screen is OK, but even the Nook with the same generation screen seems to look a lot better with better fonts and dark border around the screen.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:58 PM   #15
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I have a K1 (since Jan '08). Although I love it, I am upgrading to the $189 version because I want:

1. Collections! K1 owners did not get that upgrade
2. Better screen contrast -- not that important to me, but in low light it probably helps.
3. Faster -- not important for page turning, but for dictionary use etc.
4. 16 shades of grey -- nice for images!
5. The ability to search within 1 book for a keyword rather than the entire library. That is another feature never pushed to the K1.
6. Longer battery life when connected to the internet (either wireless or 3G).

I probably will trade my K1 into GreenEarthExchange after a few weeks of playing with the K3, just to recoup some of the money I spent, but not sure yet.

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