I’ve been wanting one of these little buggers for years. Ever since the big release I’ve been drooling over the Kindle and debating if I should buy one or not. Since my significant other just purchased a tablet, the “want” has grown. I’m just not sure if it’s quite a “need” just yet.
Pros to buying a Kindle
1. School Textbooks
I’ve recently discovered many of my textbooks for school are available in Kindle version. The latest cost a whole $9.99 which I did buy the Kindle version of, so that my book is always on my desktop and netbook. No dragging it around! Although I do have to drag around my netbook still if I want the book to go anywhere.
2. Lending Capabilities
My best friend and I have a history of swapping used paperbacks. I happen to know she has a Kindle, so it would be super easy for us to swap books back and forth without even leaving the house.
3. Easy to Use
I’ve played with a few of them in the store and found them so super easy to use. I think even my techno-challenged mother could use one without problems or without internet (IF she had the 3G version). Which would make it super easy for three of us to swap books amongst eachother.
I love my netbook, I really do, but it’s so hard to read the screen when outside. Since my other half drives most of the time, I’m free to do homework or reading in the car. Kindle would be a HUGE help in this area and actually allow me to see the screen. My original thought of the e-ink was it looked so uninteresting and basic, but now I’m starting to realise it’s purpose. It doesn’t suck the battery and is SUPER easy to read anywhere anytime.
5. Better Battery Life
I never stopped to check the battery life before, but when I finally did, my jaw hit the floor. The basic Kindles have a battery life measured in weeks and months instead of hours. Amazon has them quoted as lasting 2 months so even if they only last half the time quoted, that’s still a whole month. My netbook’s battey life was originally about 7 hours but is not down to about 4 hours, depending on what I’m doing. Again, Kindle has AMAZING battery life.
Cons of the Kindle
1. Limited Use
Despite all the pros, it’s still only for reading various materials. I can’t type essays or blog posts on the go like I can with my netbook. Granted it may be difficult in some areas to do these tasks with my netbook, but it is possible. Not the Kindle though – it’s only for books, blogs, magazines and newspapers.
2. Kindle for PC
I think it was smart for Amazon to make the move to PC, but it makes the Kindles look slightly less desirable. Granted the PC versions do not have the imfamous “e-ink”, yet you are still able to read Kindle books with them. This is actually the reason I bought my netbook last summer – because I could view Kindle books on the go.
This may not be a con for most people. I’m on the fence right now as to if the $100+ for just the basic Kindle is worth the cost for no more than I’d used it. As stated before, I own a netbook that has about half the capabilities of a Kindle. Is the extra cost worth the benefits the netbook doesn’t have? I’m really not sure. It appears this post will have a part two as I compare Kindles and netbooks.
Even though I’m still on the fence about Kindles, I do know the rival Nook isn’t something I’m interested in. I spotted them at a Barns & Nobels and asked if I could view Kindle books on it. I was told by the sales employee “not legally, but they do have programs to convert Kindle books so you can”. Ummmm…no. That’s rediculous to spend the extra time to strip out Kindle formatting when I could just buy the Kindle in the first place. Not when I currently have a small library of Kindle books and plan to buy more textbooks for school from Amazon. And honestly, I believe Nook may be more like a limited tablet than anything, but I could be wrong.
If you own an e-reader of any kind, I would LOVE to hear opinions!