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  1. Gunner29

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    Lady wife wants a Kindle Paperwhite for her birthday next month Saves carrying loads off books etc.
    Which magazine gives it a very good review as a "best buy" and on sale at Tesco for £109.
    Any comments pse.
     
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    you can get a 7" tablet for around £50 these days that has a solid screen that does not crack for a pastime, there is a kindle reader app for free, its a no brainer for me. Full colour where required, portable and more versatile.
     
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    I got one for Christmas, just the basic Kindle........but to be honest I've hardly looked at it:RollEyes:

    I took it away in the van the last time, but didn't take it out it's case. My daughter keeps asking me how I'm getting on with it:Sad: I feel a bit guilty about this, but I'd rather do a crossword:Doh:
    Margaret
     
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    There is one important difference between dedicated e-readers and general tablets and that is the ability to read a book in bright or dull lighting conditions. e-readers are deliberately designed to cope whereas tablets (due to their more generalised requirements) are not.

    I've had one of the Kindle keyboard models for over 18 months and it's great for use in the van. Jill bought a Samsung equivalent at about the same time and it has been fine though it's replaceable battery needs charging more often and it is starting to show signs of flakiness. As a result (just in case it goes belly up without warning) she bought a Kobo Mini from W.H.Smiths a couple of weeks ago as they are only £29.99, the Kobo being compatible with the e-book formats she uses on the Samsung.

    If the e-book format isn't important (and assuming availability of desired titles/genres) then it is worth considering a Kobo or maybe the Nook Simple Touch (which appears to be available again from the likes of Currys/PC World and Argos for £29).
     
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    On the whole true but falls over if you want to read it in the sunshine. And not want to charge the battery every day.

    Me, I went the tablet route.
     
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    I love my Kindle Fire HD for reading, web, email and loads of apps including crosswords and word searches, weather, games and maps.Loads of free books. Bit more money at £159 but for me worth it.
     
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    Kindles

    Sue and I both have the original, 3G version of the Kindle and have used them for a few years now with no problems. The added bonus of the 3G version is that you can surf the net for free provided you have a signal, and in most places we have had a good signal. W also have an ipd and one of those Asus tablets and have full access to the Kindle downloads on both our Kindles through the apps. Seeing the books in colour is a bonus, but nothing beats the Kindle itself in daylight. And the Kindle battery will last about a month, provided you don't leave it connected to the Kindle store.

    So I'd say go for it.

    Gary:BigGrin:
     
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    I've got a kindle, great for reading in day/sunlight...I've also got an ipad which I've loaded the kindle app, the ipad is good for reading in bed, the text is backlit, the kindle and ipad app synchronise so what ever I read on one gadget the page I've read up to automatically updates on the other gadget, brilliant:thumb:
     
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    Kindle for reading, my wife has a tablet as well but the battery would need charging every other day, Kindle battery last for weeks. I have had a kindle myself for a few years and wouldn't be without it.

    Bill
     
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    I'm a fairly recent e-reader convert and didn't really appreciate it until recently when I sat down outside the van in glorious sunshine. It suddenly dawned on me after a few minutes that I wasn't having any problems compared to laptops, etc.

    That's a good deal...they're usually about £50/£60.

    What do you use to load books onto the Samsung/Kobo? I've got a Kobo Glo and on the Mac my options for non-Kobo-store stuff, which I never use, appear to be the clunky Adobe Digital Editions or Calibre.
     
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    I have a Kindle and I have the Kindle app on my SGN2.

    I use both.

    Each has it's strong points.

    JJ :Cool:

    PS. When seeking advice via the internet I always like to get it from folks who have actually used the things they are commenting on rather than hear say...
     
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    I have 3g Kindle, have had it for 12 months. It is very good for reading outside.

    I read every day, and battery life is very good.

    I love it!:BigGrin:
     
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    Don't really know because I have the Kindle but Jill was saying the other day that Calibre 64 bit works pretty well.
     
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    I have a kindle (amongst other gadgets) and nothings beats in daylight - I mean NOTHING..

    No shine, no glare and as readable as a book even with your sunglasses on - try that with a tablet or even a laptop! The battery will do 3-4 weeks without a charge too.

    If you like to read a lot - then a dedicate e-reader is way better than a tablet or lappie etc. The kobo is just as good - on the face of it.

    I was a bit sceptical of the kindle (any e-reader tbh) but since having mine - I wouldnt go back. I have been selling my hundreds of books off at car boots too!
     

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