I went with my gut mostly due to my dislike of touch screens and ordered a Kindle Keyboard.
For mission A, pleasure reading, it is better than I hoped for. It's light, the form factor is perfect, the screen is easy to read, there is plenty of on-line titles of interest, and Amazon lets you read the first chapter of most titles for free before you buy the title.
I like it so much, I actually put down a hardcover book I was reading and bought the e-book! I got sick of wrestling with the big heavy book especially when reading in bed, so that book is history.
The feature that goes without mentioning is the ability to change font sizes. My eyesight was never great and is declining with age, but I'm not ready for the large type books yet. E-books are the way to go!
All in all, the gadget has more than doubled my enjoyment of reading.
|Quoting fridgmus (Reply 2):|
Since you want to read PDF's, I'm assuming you're considering the larger Kindle DX with the 9.7 inch screen? I
This might be the thing to do for Mission B, technical documents.
I hadn't considered it initially due to its cost (>2x the one I did buy).
When getting into that cost realm, it might not be a big leap to get an android or ipad tablet instead?
I haven't tried PDFs yet on the unit I did buy. I'll see how that goes some time soon.
I could always order the DX and send it back if I don't like it, but I suspect I won't like the DX as much as the KK
for pleasure reading, since it is larger and heavier than the KK
Right now the KK
seems perfect for pleasure reading.
|Quoting geezer (Reply 3):|
About the keyboard; yeah, we all know now that "most" a.netters don't "need" / "like" to use a stylus; everyone to their own thing I always say! But if you have a Fire, (or any other device with a small, "virtual" keyboard, you NEED a stylus !
Good point. If I end up with a virtual keyboard, that's what I will do.
I have a smartphone with a touch screen and I'm not liking the touch screen aspect of it, but everything else is good.
The problem is that a real keyboard for the smart phone (either slide-out or external) is just a step in the wrong direction.
The touch screen is a bad solution, but keyboard solutions are worse...