Flash! My new Kindle is here!
Now, a few questions you might have…
It did not come with the 2.5 update on it. I ordered it on Sunday. It came with 2.3.3.
I did the manual update. Downloading the file took about two minutes. Updating took about seven.
The User’s Guide I got is the 4th edition, not the new 5th edition one.
My reception appears to be much worse with the international Kindle (at least where I often sit in my family room). Four bars were common before…I had to switch carriers to get one bar this time. My old K1 got four bars right next to the new one showing two.
Oh, how do you switch carriers?
Home-Menu-Settings, type 311 (only on international Kindles).
I think because my reception is bad, I haven’t been able to set up my Social Networks yet (I want to try everything…and I may use the Twitter one).
All my archived items, of course, were available.
I was able to change the name of this Kindle to the name of the lost Kindle.
I have set up new subscriptions to my three blogs (hey, wasn’t that a show with Fred MacMurray?).
I put on a password…but that may be a pain around the house.
David Derrico had sent me a review copy of The Twiller. I was curious about this (that’s the kind of person I am), so I put an untouched copy of it (from Derrico’s e-mail) on the new Kindle. Then, I put the .mbp file on the new Kindle from the old Kindle. As I expected, when I opened the book, it opened to the proper page…and had the highlight I had made.
That’s important for teachers to know…you could make notes on a book, put it on your students Kindles, and they would have your notes. You’d have to be careful about syncing, of course.
People have asked about the super-large font…looks to me like it is about size 32 (which is a nice binary number for it to be…2, 4, 8, 16, 32). It’s hard to tell exactly, because I don’t have the same font on my computer, of course.
It’s still charging (you can use it while it is charging). It’s been about an hour…that seems like a long time to me, but it’s just a watched pot, I think).
I cleaned up my Significant Other’s Kindle. What I did first was Sync and check (so my places in the books would be the same). Then, I checked for samples, and sent them to the new Kindle. Next, I removed the books that wouldn’t interest my SO.
So, it’s wonderful! It will be great on my next commute to have text-to-speech (TTS) back. I’ll be more relaxed when I have my cover and a TrackItBack sticker on it. I’m sorry I don’t have the custom skin from my offspring…that was lost with the old K2. I’ll have to put some personal documents and music on there, but that’s not too hard.
Oh, and it will be great to have Collections for my personal documents! I teach a lot of different places, so I have information about the facilities in small text files. Having those all in one place will be a big help.
Thanks for all the concern everybody expressed (and felt but didn’t express) while I didn’t have a K2. I still hold out hope the old one will appear…we’d probably donate one of the ones we have, in that case.
I’ll start experimenting more with 2.5 soon…I’ll let you know if I find anything useful…or just weird.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.