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Old December 9th, 2011, 11:38 PM   #51 (permalink)
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^ Lol, I think so. I usually stop my registration point after the address pops up.

So another question for Kindle owners, do you need to have a 'full' (credit card/address) amazon account to use your kindle, or can you just load your own ebooks (converted with calibre) w/o bothering with amazon?

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^ Lol, I think so. I usually stop my registration point after the address pops up.

So another question for Kindle owners, do you need to have a 'full' (credit card/address) amazon account to use your kindle, or can you just load your own ebooks (converted with calibre) w/o bothering with amazon?
Yea you don't need anything. Though I would register cause the kindle email address is nice. If you email a book to the kindle email address it will convert it automatically to the correct format, the only thing it doesnt convert is epub

you can do all without creating an actual account (i think, i know for sure credit card isnt required)
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For some reason mine didn't sync with my phone and kindle.... but now I have the kindle I just sent them auto to it
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For some reason mine didn't sync with my phone and kindle.... but now I have the kindle I just sent them auto to it
they only sync if you purchase them from amazon fwiw
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yeah I have a few but they are not on mobile
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^ Lol, I think so. I usually stop my registration point after the address pops up.

So another question for Kindle owners, do you need to have a 'full' (credit card/address) amazon account to use your kindle, or can you just load your own ebooks (converted with calibre) w/o bothering with amazon?

Just thought I'd post this RE: Kindle Accounts...

Okay, I made my kindle account when I downloaded the android app. Easy as pie, I was hoping for the free books and what not. I didn't set up a Credit card. Also, I wasn't able to download books (from Amazon). I set up my kindle with the same account. Still can't download books and whatnot (even free >.>), *but* I can now access a lot of extra settings.

When I first turned it on, I had one page of settings (no clock!!!), so I logged in and *wah-la* all the settings are there. I can change the clock! Winning!

just thought I'd share that for any other cheap kindle users out there.
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Hey, I've got a question for all you Kindle users out there...
How often do you actually have to charge yours? I know I read something like 2 months w/o wireless on, are you guys getting that?

I'm going on week 2 and it's near 50% (I did have wireless on for a bit when I first got it - had to screw around with it )

Also, how is everyone using "Sleep" mode and "Off"? I tend to power down overnight - with the eink is this pointless?

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How often do you actually have to charge yours? I know I read something like 2 months w/o wireless on, are you guys getting that?

I'm going on week 2 and it's near 50% (I did have wireless on for a bit when I first got it - had to screw around with it )

Also, how is everyone using "Sleep" mode and "Off"? I tend to power down overnight - with the eink is this pointless?

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I personally dont see any point in powering off every night (that goes for all of my devices)
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Hey, I've got a question for all you Kindle users out there...
How often do you actually have to charge yours? I know I read something like 2 months w/o wireless on, are you guys getting that?

I'm going on week 2 and it's near 50% (I did have wireless on for a bit when I first got it - had to screw around with it )

Also, how is everyone using "Sleep" mode and "Off"? I tend to power down overnight - with the eink is this pointless?

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When I first got mine I wondered the same sort of thing. From what I gathered, it would take more power to reboot the device than you would lose leaving it in sleep mode.

I can leave it for weeks in sleep mode without making a visible dent in the battery, so long as WiFi is off. I can't even remember how you actually turn it off...
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 11:32 PM   #60 (permalink)
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I personally dont see any point in powering off every night (that goes for all of my devices)
Okay, cool. I leave my phone on overnight - just airplane mode

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When I first got mine I wondered the same sort of thing. From what I gathered, it would take more power to reboot the device than you would lose leaving it in sleep mode.

I can leave it for weeks in sleep mode without making a visible dent in the battery, so long as WiFi is off. I can't even remember how you actually turn it off...

Ahh okay. Cool cool. I have been going back and forth over the past couple of days if I'm leaving it off or sleep. Good to know that sleep mode is the better choice.
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Just thought I'd post one (likely last) update on the whole kindle / battery thing. Been using it in 'sleep' mode, just charged it for the second time today. And that first one was when it came out of the box. It's been over a month! I'm very impressed. Though, I did cut my reading short last night when I got the battery message.

1+ month, pretty damn nice. Full charge in 2.5 hrs. Very nice. If only we could see phone battery like that
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I charge mine weekly, no matter what the charge level. Batteries like it more when you charge them in smaller increments rather than larger charge cycles.

My battery usage depends on how much I read, really. If I am actively reading a book my Kindle goes probably about 2 weeks on a charge. Anything more than 24 hours is fine with me.
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I have only brought my books from amazon and yet its not at the same page on my mobile as my kindle.....
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Are you signed into the kindle app with the same amazon app?
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yeah i only have one account with amazon
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I can't say I've had this problem. I pick up the phone, flip a few pages, pick up the Kindle and it immediately asks me if I want to jump to the location from the phone. Same vice versa.
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Well let me jump in with a few questions even though this is an old thread:

1) Wife wants a Kindle which model is recommended these days, is the Fire the one to go with, I also seen some 6" as Olbriar mentioned.

2) Has anyone rooted theirs, and if yes what are the advantages.

3) I don't have to get the eBooks from Amazon, I can load any eBook correct ??

4) Anything else I should know before I go out and buy her one, she doesn't care for a keyboard, but I definitely would want one with WiFi, any other input or recommendations.

5) If you are using WiFi, does it allow you to surf the net also ??
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I'll take this one, but know that I'm no kindle expert and I have the old Kindle Keyboard model, so my answers will reflect that.
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Well let me jump in with a few questions even though this is an old thread:

1) Wife wants a Kindle which model is recommended these days, is the Fire the one to go with, I also seen some 6" as Olbriar mentioned.

Personally, I'd go with a kindle that uses the e-ink. It's really a great thing to read. Also, the battery life is excellent. On average reading (by my standards) I was getting about a month per charge. That'd usually include between one and two books. When I was reading several books a month, my battery life wasn't as good. That's to be expected. From my understanding the screen change is what uses battery.


2) Has anyone rooted theirs, and if yes what are the advantages.

I looked into rooting mine (not sure if on this model it's called "rooting" but, basically the same thing IMO)... and I didn't. The only thing that I wanted to do was have the 'sleep' image be customized. Not a big deal really, so I didn't risk it. *shrug*


3) I don't have to get the eBooks from Amazon, I can load any eBook correct ??

Well, kinda. On the Project Gutenberg you can find a bunch of old kindle books. And I believe that you can use Calibre to convert most formats into the kindle format (.mobi is what I use... I believe kindles accept a couple of other formats). I'm not sure how copyright protection mechanisms work with converting and all that though


4) Anything else I should know before I go out and buy her one, she doesn't care for a keyboard, but I definitely would want one with WiFi, any other input or recommendations.

I got the one that has 3g (att I believe), it's a bit more, but you have that option when away from wifi. I hardly use it, but I do sometimes. I would say it's probably worth it - that being said, I don't have wifi so it'd be the only way for *me* to use the internet on the kindle.


5) If you are using WiFi, does it allow you to surf the net also ??

Technically, yes. It's not nearly as smooth as on a phone though. You get some odd things and it's a bit of a hassle on some sites.
I hope that'll help you out a bit. Again, all of my input is based on the Kindle Keyboard. I believe that the Kindle closest related to the one I have now is the Kindle Touch...

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Don, if you're looking for anything other than an e-reader, I'd nix e-ink if you can handle reading on a backlit screen. I love my N7, and would choose it over the Fire as you can download from both the Play Store and the Kindle Store. Easy to root and mod, but with stock Jelly Bean, it's just great.
Amazon is supposedly announcing a new series of Fires soon, so if you're bent on one, I would wait.
If an e-ink device is just what you want, I think the Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light is one of the best out there. The Verge loved it:
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Too be honest I don't care, it is for for her, I will never use this, get me to read a book it like making me eat Blue Cheese and everyone knows how I hate Blue Cheese, LOL So I want something that will be easy for her to use, and not complicated, I realize that she does not need 3G WiFi will be sufficient, so if anyone else has any other feedback or links to models I am all ears, thanks, she hates gadgets so has to be simple for her to use or she will not use it.



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Don, if you're looking for anything other than an e-reader, I'd nix e-ink if you can handle reading on a backlit screen. I love my N7, and would choose it over the Fire as you can download from both the Play Store and the Kindle Store. Easy to root and mod, but with stock Jelly Bean, it's just great.
Amazon is supposedly announcing a new series of Fires soon, so if you're bent on one, I would wait.
If an e-ink device is just what you want, I think the Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light is one of the best out there. The Verge loved it:
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^ Is your period button broken?
If she really is just looking to read books, I'd stick with either the Nook or Kindle and not bother with a more costly tablet. Both of them are very intuitive so it shouldn't be as confusing to use as an N7. Never used a Fire, but I think with how limited it is in functionality, it would be pretty easy to use as well.
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Thanks, I like to blabber away. In forums I don't worry so much for periods and question marks, lol Force of habit.

She reads mainly True Crime form the 70's 80's and 90's whichever will have the largest selection. I guess that they can all be converted so I assume it does not matter.
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Hmm, I think Kindles have a harder time reformatting text (unless you're rooted) than Nooks. But yeah, check out each respective store to see what content is available.
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K, she seems to be set on the Fire, and she has checked the Amazon store for her books and they seem to have many. I will have her try one for a week or so and then she can get a better feel.
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K, she seems to be set on the Fire, ans she has checked the Amazon for her books and they seem to have many. I will have her try one for a week or so and then she can get a better feel.
I would definitely recommend one of the e-ink readers, such as the kindle touch. It is supposed to be for reading for long periods, and it reduces glare from screen reflections, and is less tiring on the eyes. You say she seems set on the Fire, but will a week be enough for her to realize the difference? She will probably think it is great but not know how much better the e-ink kindle would have been.

Ideally if you could take both kindles away for a week she would be able to know which one she prefers to read - and I would bet my money on the e-ink model.

I say if she wants a tablet, get her a tablet. No point in calling it a kindle if it's not e-ink - may as well get any tablet (Nexus 7?).

If she wants an e-reader for extended periods of reading, get an e-ink kindle.

EDIT: Forgot to mention. You can read the e-ink models in direct sunlight. They even benefit from it! How does the Fire compare to that?
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If she's set on the Fire, I'd highly suggest taking a strong look at the Nexus 7 (sorry, just love this thing so much). It may have a smaller learning curve, but it's a much more versatile device, for the same price.
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I'll toss this out there. Amazon is supposed to be announcing new Kindles this week (maybe next??) I wouldn't buy anything until that happens.

My .02 is that if you want something that is a strict ereader and nothing else, you cannot beat e-ink. It's better than anything on the market and you can buy some refurbs from Amazon for $50. I was thinking of picking one up myself at that price.
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So now I am confused, so I assume E-Ink is the display, would that be better for her, and the Kindle Touch only has e-ink ?? The reason for the Fire, was she could also use it for other functions, like added apps, notes, music etc...

Maybe the Nexus 7 would be better, this I could get her books from different locations and convert them if need be.
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Also can Amazon books be viewed on the Nexus 7
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I imagine it's just a matter of installing the Kindle app from the Play Store.
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I imagine it's just a matter of installing the Kindle app from the Play Store.
This is correct. I could be wrong, but I think the one thing that the Fires have over the N7 is your ability to utilize Amazon Prime perks (streaming select movies and shows for free).
And yep, e-ink is just the display. It also really slows down refresh rates. You can look up some videos of Angry Birds on a Nook. It's horrific.
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K, well we went and pick her up a Fire, she will play with it tomorrow, but if it were me I would lean towards the N7. That will be my guess, what she will do down the road, LOL. I will let her decide. She will try this for a few weeks and then we will get the N7 for her to try and she will have to decide. Where is the best place to buy the N7 from the Google store ??
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I got mine from the Play Store, but that was because it was a pre-order. I few brick and mortars have them: Costco, WalMart, Staples, Gamestop. Still haven't seen them at Best Buy though.
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DN, I may got get one today for the heck of it, I think she will get more use out of the Nexus 7 versus the Fire. JMO, more options

Before I do go, what are your Pros and Cons of the N7 to date. Do you have a 8GB or 16 GB ??
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Sorry for the late response, Don, was at work all day yesterday.
Pros:
It's fast! Faster than my Prime even though it's the same processor, JB has a lot to do with it.
Stock Android is the way to go (in my opinion). Development for it is really picking up, but I'm not a huge flasher now with ICS and JB.
It's really lightweight, portable and nice to hold compared to the Fire which is thicker, heavier, and has rougher edges.

Cons:
Storage, one of everyone's gripes. I got the 8Gb version mainly because I store very little media on my devices and stream virtually everything. Well, Nandroids can run into 2-3Gb each! Learned that 2-3 backups on the device eat up a huge chunk of space.
Screen size, well, it's 7". Same as the Fire, but if you're looking for 10", you won't get it here.
No 3G. Not really a con for most, and it tethers just fine to my Gnex when I'm out.
No access to Amazon Prime (if you're a member) for free streaming.

That's about all I can think about it so far. I honestly do love this little thing and find myself using my Prime less and less. It's great for lounging around the house or taking it on the go when the laptop is just impractical. Give it a shot, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Just for kicks, you may want to checkout the Samsung GTab 2 7". For $250 you get an 8Gb version (but it is expandable via SD Card) and a keyboard dock at Best Buy. You'll probably be waiting a LONG time for a JB update, but for the keyboard and expandable storage, it's a nice option.
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Interesting so I gather the N7 does not offer SD card expansion, umm to may have to keep it stock and not do any back ups or simply store backs on the PC through the My Phone Explorer app.
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Yep, no expansion.
I keep one backup on board and the rest on my PC if necessary. Only flashed one ROM at this point.
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K, I will pick up the N7 on the weekend, and the she can compare the 2, but I am pushing for the N7 as I prefer a Google product.
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I have a kindle which i love to use but I have to say books will always be more enjoyable to read for myself.
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I think I mentioned in my first Kindle post, that I got mine on Black Friday, and it was a 'special offer' version. Well, the damnedest thing happened, it never got ads. Well, until Sunday at 1am-ish. Weird right. It's been registered to my amazon account for quite some time, and I'll hop on to the 3g connection (edge for me) from time to time. Well, it's finally downloaded the ads.

Being the smartass that I am, I figured I might be able to find the location of these ads and remove them. Kinda. I removed the file(s) that it creates trying to remove them, only to have a different ad appear. This new ad says "Connect to wireless to download special offers".

It won't download them for some reason... I was thinking it'd be kinda cool to load up some MS Paint images I made, (replace the ad images with mine) - but it hasn't happened yet.

Currently looking into kindle jailbreaks (they don't call it rooting over there for some reason...)

But still an awesome device. I love my kindle. Would purchase another one if this one was damaged or lost.
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I think I mentioned in my first Kindle post, that I got mine on Black Friday, and it was a 'special offer' version. Well, the damnedest thing happened, it never got ads. Well, until Sunday at 1am-ish. Weird right. It's been registered to my amazon account for quite some time, and I'll hop on to the 3g connection (edge for me) from time to time. Well, it's finally downloaded the ads.

Being the smartass that I am, I figured I might be able to find the location of these ads and remove them. Kinda. I removed the file(s) that it creates trying to remove them, only to have a different ad appear. This new ad says "Connect to wireless to download special offers".

It won't download them for some reason... I was thinking it'd be kinda cool to load up some MS Paint images I made, (replace the ad images with mine) - but it hasn't happened yet.

Currently looking into kindle jailbreaks (they don't call it rooting over there for some reason...)

But still an awesome device. I love my kindle. Would purchase another one if this one was damaged or lost.

if its that big a deal, I think you can pay like $20 after the fact and get no ads.
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Kindle is really good!
Yet mine bricked after the warranty was finished already. I'm so sad now T_T
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I ordered the Kindle Paperwhite. I've been bringing my Nexus 7 to work to have something to read over lunch. The thing's battery dies on like day three so I've got to recharge it and take it home where I forget it. So I figured a Paperwhite would be a better e-reader option. I ordered it 2 weeks ago. They said it wouldn't come in until December 24th. However, it's shipping early and I get it Wednesday.
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That sounds like a shipping win to me
I haven't read too much into the paperwhite version... but I'm sure it'll be great. I love my kindle.
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Yet mine bricked after the warranty was finished already. I'm so sad now T_T
How do you brick a Kindle?
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Probably tried to unlock it.

I had a 1st gen Kindle Fire, which I waited in line on day 1 to purchase. I ended up giving it away to my mom once I picked up a TF300T on sale a few months later.
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Probably tried to unlock it.

I had a 1st gen Kindle Fire, which I waited in line on day 1 to purchase. I ended up giving it away to my mom once I picked up a TF300T on sale a few months later.
I actually recently unlocked my kindle keyboard... it was quite painless. From what I read the current unlocking is pretty much no risk (as long as you don't try to flash the wrong firmware...)

Now my screensavers are some MS Paint masterpieces.

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But I did look into the paperwhite version, looks really cool. The reviews I read for it were all really positive too!
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My Mrs. gave me a keyboard kindle last Christmas, I returned the favour for her Birthday this year (Well, I had to get MY kindle back somehow)
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I actually recently unlocked my kindle keyboard... it was quite painless. From what I read the current unlocking is pretty much no risk (as long as you don't try to flash the wrong firmware...)

Now my screensavers are some MS Paint masterpieces.

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But I did look into the paperwhite version, looks really cool. The reviews I read for it were all really positive too!
I unlocked mine in the sense I replaced the screen saver. I think that's all you can do on them as far as mods go, right?
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I unlocked mine in the sense I replaced the screen saver. I think that's all you can do on them as far as mods go, right?
For the most part, that's all I did too.

I know the site I was looking at showed some other things you can do, but nothing else seemed needed to me. I saw some where you'd load custom fonts (okay, I guess that's something), but screen savers is what I did it for.
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