As a new parent, this past Easter reinforced my belief that traveling with kids during the holidays is tough. The amount of stuff we have to carry around from place to place has easily tripled.
Being the gadget hound that I am, I had to make sure that I still had my own toys with me, in addition to all my son’s toys as well. As I was getting my stuff together, I realized I had several books and a small pile of magazines that I would typically cram into my already overstuffed backpack.
I’m stilling seeing lots of rumors on the web that report the Kindle 3 will have a touch screen. I’m still wary of this idea. There’s no doubt that a touch screen interface will greatly improve how we navigate about. My largest concern is that I’m going to spend too much time wiping the fingerprints from the screen.
There are a couple of ways around this… and no, I do not simply need to wash my hands more often.
Perhaps the Kindle 3 will use a type of cover or film that doesn’t show fingerprints. Maybe a stylus could be employed. I don’t see this being a popular decision among Kindle users, but it would certainly lend a greater degree of precision and totally eliminate any worry of fingerprints.
Guys, I don’t know why I hate fingerprints so much. I just do.
Among other things, each instance of the touch screen rumor I’ve read is paired with the additional rumor of a 2009 release date. That just seems ridiculous to me, but I guess Amazon could have kept the forge glowing and hammers ringing for another expedient next-generation delivery.
Well, it’s been just over two weeks since I received my Kindle 2. I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to read with my new Kindle for those two weeks on just one battery charge. I’m also happy to say that the Kindle gave me plenty of notice before completely running down. I was able to finish up a chapter before plugging up the power adapter for the second time. I was getting sleepy too, so both I and the kindle needed some respite.
I recently read a review about the Kindle 2 and Kindle 1 that more or less compared the two. The reviewer is a self-proclaimed “early adopter,” but had a strange way of appreciating how Amazon had redesigned the second version of their reading device (the Kindle 2 reader).
Further in his review, he mentioned that a touch screen seemed like a good idea for the next generation of the popular Kindle reader. I can think of several ways to improve the Kindle, but I’m having trouble with seeing how a touchscreen would be desirable.
I’ve always enjoyed checking out the various accessories that enhance tech gear. Sometimes, though, an accessory becomes a necessity. This is particularly true when it comes to my Kindle. After paying what some consider a premium price (for a premium product, I would add), I want to make sure my investment is protected.
After using my new Kindle 2 for the past week, I can’t imagine not having a cover for it. The cover itself is an inexpensive accessory, but offers nearly complete protection and peace of mind… not to mention it’s nice to hold and easy on the eyes.