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Techno advice needed.

Being firmly entrenched in the past I am a late adopter of just about everything.
However, I quite fancy a Kindle. My problem is deciding which one.

So.......
(a) Overall which is the better model of Kindle?

(b) Are they better than ipads (I have the 16gb ipad 1) ?

(c) Will my iphone 5 do pretty much the same sort of thing?
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Re: Techno advice needed.

I use the Kindle app on my HTC phone (android) and it works well the only advantages of kindle style readers I see are bigger screens and maybe better battery life? My wife Jill uses her iPhone as a reader with no problems again other than screen size and battery life. Do not know if this helps?
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Re: Techno advice needed.

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I use the Kindle app on my HTC phone (android) and it works well the only advantages of kindle style readers I see are bigger screens and maybe better battery life? My wife Jill uses her iPhone as a reader with no problems again other than screen size and battery life. Do not know if this helps?
I use Kindle on my phone too - Samsung Galaxy S3. I've read ebooks on phones for the last 7 or 8 years, I don't find the size a problem. I only use for reading plain text though (novels) - for magazines or illustrated books it might be different. I also have an Android tablet with an 8 inch screen with Kindle installed. I still prefer reading on the phone, though. One big advantage of having it on my phone is that I have it with me pretty much everywhere I go. So if I unexpectedly have time to kill I always have a book with me.
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Re: Techno advice needed.

Hi the latest kindle sounds good, I have an android with the latest iso 4.0.4 with 1GB ram 32 gb harddrive and a 32gb expansion slot.

2 full sized USB wifi bluetooth 3G sat nav modem socket HDMI 1080 slot 10.2 HD screen 1024x 768 res. I can upload Raw images to my tablet and upto cloud storage, read Kindle books and More.

And its as quick as my laptop.

Dave

PS Ipad does not have USB slots expansion slots.

Screen quality maybe a bit better on the new IPADs, and more apps than Android but doesn't mean better apps though.
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Re: Techno advice needed.

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I use the Kindle app on my HTC phone (android) and it works well the only advantages of kindle style readers I see are bigger screens and maybe better battery life?
But the above are the main overriding advantages of a Kindle, and the main overriding disadvantages of a mobile 'phone!

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Re: Techno advice needed.

Incidentally, don't forget all the free ebooks on project gutenberg:

http://www.gutenberg.org/

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Re: Techno advice needed.

There are also free books on Kindle with offers being made daily
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http://www.kuforum.co.uk/
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Ive recently bought a Kindle touch and cant fault it. Its so easy to use and there are some great free and offer prices available on the Amazon website.
As I spend most weekends away from home its great to just pack my kindle and not have to worry if I have enough to read as all my books come with me.
Id recommend it to anyone

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But the above are the main overriding advantages of a Kindle, and the main overriding disadvantages of a mobile 'phone
main advantages for the Kindle are that it will last for weeks on a single charge, is easier on the eye and can be read more easily in bright sunlight...
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Re: Techno advice needed.

Kindle is a book reader.
Kindle Fire is a video viewer.
Other tablets have more wide range of uses, but poorer battery life.
The ink display in the Kindle is great, but reading it at night is a pain.
The nook actually has a backlight, so my wife could read in bed without a torch!
My retina iPad with iBooks will just about get me through one day of reading.
Her Kindle will last her a week.
And it was cheap!

So if all you want to do is read books in the daytime - Kindle.
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The nook actually has a backlight, so my wife could read in bed without a torch!.
I believe there's a new Kindle with backlight now too...
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Re: Techno advice needed.

Anyway, what's wrong with hard copies ? Remember Fahrenheit 451 ! ! ! Haa! ... so that's why they called it Kindle ...
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Re: Techno advice needed.

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Being firmly entrenched in the past I am a late adopter of just about everything.
However, I quite fancy a Kindle. My problem is deciding which one.

So.......
(a) Overall which is the better model of Kindle?

(b) Are they better than ipads (I have the 16gb ipad 1) ?

(c) Will my iphone 5 do pretty much the same sort of thing?
I've had a one for a couple of years, which has now been transferred over to the households main reader, the wife. She loves it, and she worked in libraries and is big on this reading stuff. She has loads of books on it now and it picks up the Grauniad automatically (and reliably) at 6:00 in the morning.

IMHO:

(a) which is the better model?
Ours is an old Kindle3 keyboard. we prefer real keyboards, and this one is ok. We thought about upgrading, but it's a waste of money. The Kindle 3 is spot on for reading things.

(b) Ipad type devices comparison:

It's designed for reading things on, and it does this much better than IPad type things. It isn't really designed to be interactive and is rubbish at that.

Totally different screen technology = insane battery life & can read in bright sun, like the stuff you had on Skye all last year Much easier to read.

The interface is designed for reading books/newspapers/magazines. For example the forward/back page type stuff is at your fingertips with litlle buttons on the edge right where you hold the thing naturally.

The wireless interface is good.

The Amazon service is pretty good. Support is amazingly good.

Light and pretty sturdy.

... there's probably more

(c) Will my IPhone 5 do the same?

I haven't got an IPhone, but unless you can read it by the pool and it's about A5 in size and the batteries will last for weeks, then no.
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Re: Techno advice needed.

You can get a cover for a Kindle that includes a LED light to illuminate the screen. It is very effective - so the issue of the Kindle requiring a light source to read in the dark is a not an issue.
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Re: Techno advice needed.

Another neat feature with the Kindle is that you can download Kindle software for computers and tablets - and if all the devices are registered to the same person then books can be read on all registered devices at the same time by different people.

Coloured illustrations show up in colour on a computer version of Kindle (assuming you have a colour screen)

We have two Kindles with lights and the Kindle software on two computers. All registered in one name.
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