Re: Kindle? Other Hardware? How to Choose

Subject: Re: Kindle? Other Hardware? How to Choose
From: "Dana Worley (MVP/JB)" <dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:29:28 -0600

I have a Kindle that is one of the older ones (it was purchased 2 or 3 Christmases ago). One thing I really like about it is battery life -- I can go for months between recharges (I usually only have time for dedicated reading about 20 minutes a day...). You can actually access the internet with this device without a data plan (and ad-free), but it is painfully slow :).

A year or so ago, I bought a 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab. It's similar in size to the Kindle so it's very portable. I also have the added bonus/bane of being able to check email when I need to, surf the web, etc. Battery life is not like the Kindle, but I can still go for several days between charges unless I'm surfing all day. Because I have the 3G model, there's the associated cost of the data plan. I'm willing to pay for that, however, for the convenience it offers (though there's something wrong with being able to check email and surf the internet while tent-camping in Arches National Park ;)).

As others have said, go to a store and try them out. Borrow a friend's device. Figure out what you like and don't like, and narrow down the features you think you'll want. Read CNET reviews on competing products. I would try to buy the best/most feature rich I can afford, because otherwise you may find you outgrow the device too quickly.

Dana W.

On 3/19/2012 10:02 AM, Nancy Allison wrote:

Hi, folks.

Ellis Pratt's 'Trends in Technical Communication' is the first time I've come across something I'd really like to read that appears to be available only on the Kindle.

As I understand it, the e-book world is currently duking it out, and items available on one e-book format may not be available on another. So, if you buy the wrong hardware you may be limited to much less content than if you bought another. Also, some hardware has graphics and color capabilities, some doesn't -- is that correct?

Has anyone on the list sorted through these issues?

Did such a discussion whiz by on the list and I missed it? If so, point me in the right direction and I will dig in.



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