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Kindle

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Amazon just announced their latest version of Kindle this morning. One of them will definitely going to my wish list and be one of my Christmas gift to myself. Here the game of eeny, meeny miny, moe begins!

A couple of things I need to stress on Kindle Fire. Wifi support only? No camera? No microphone? 8GB, that’s it? This is like a knock-off version of iPad for $199. No thank you! I am keeping my 64GB iPad 2 which I can use to do the exact same things Kindle Fire can do and more. I watched the short video on Amazon’s Silk, the new browser for cloud content. It looks promising but I still would not buy Kindle Fire until all the winkles are ironed out and getting good reviews from users. So, Kindle Fire is definitely not going onto my wish list.

Check out the prices! Don’t let them fool you. These prices are for the “With Special Offers” or you would call them advertisements. I am not sure what kind of ads Amazon allow on the Kindle but I don’t want to take the risk of bad commercial showing up on a Kindle held by my kids. I would be getting ad-free Kindle for sure. Add $30 or $40 depending on the model for those Kindle without sponsors. Amazon claimed to work hard to charge customer less, have they take a look at the prices for a cover? $59.99 for the leather cover with light!

The older version of Kindle with the keyboard is still available. I would imagine Amazon lowers the price but they didn’t. Surprise surprise! Kindle with keyboard is a better deal than the new Kindle with 5-way controller. I don’t think I like moving the cursor up/down/left/right for typing. That being said, The new Kindle with 5-way controller is not making its way onto my wish list either.

I like this elimination game. Looks like the Kindle Touch is the winner. I still like the Kindle app on my iPhone because I get to read in my bed and in the dark. I do find iPad a bit on the heavy side and reading on iPad outdoor in the direct sunlight sucksI watched the short video on Amazon’s Silk, the new browser for cloud content. It looks promising but I still would not buy Kindle Fire until all the winkles are ironed out and getting good reviews from users.  E-ink is a better alternative.

Being able to check out books from public library is the biggest selling point for me no matter what.

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My iPad Wifi Review

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I put in the order for iPad 3g version but there is no definite date on the release and the Apple employees are not even willing to speculate. I decided to pick up the Wifi version of the iPad so I can play with it while waiting for the 3g model.

There’s no learning curve at all, after all I am the proud owner of all three generations of iPhone. You can run iPhone application on iPad with an exception that they will appear iPhone-size in iPad. The images of the applications are stretched when you zoom in on them. The virtual keyboard on iPad is much bigger than iPhone and I loved it.

It can be a nice digital photo frame since it has a better screen resolution (1024×768) than most digital photo frame on the market. iPad also has a big built-in storage though it does not have a media card reader but you can get the camera connection kit for $29. $499 price tag might be too steep for just a photo frame. Pros definitely outweighs the cons in digital photo frame category. 🙂

I compared a couple of books prices on iBooks and Amazon, they are the same however the iBooks interface is so much more sophisticated. Amazon did came out with Kindle for iPad but the interface has not been updated for a long time. Although, it might be nice to have a tool to convert the books from one format to another.

I was having problem recharging it yesterday. It was taking over 2 hours to charge 20%. Today I have to basically shut it down to reconnect to a wifi which I was connected successfully yesterday. Netflix streaming will freeze from time to time for me. I hit a snag on the ABC app saying the server can’t be contacted, maybe too many people trying to get to it.

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