I try my Mindle
I got my Mindle (that’s my term for the $79 Kindle 4) today.
Even the box was smaller. The first Kindle had a big box, but the K2 and K3 had the same size box, I think…close, anyway. The box also had a wedge-shape on the end…it might do well on BattleBots.
Once I pulled the zip strip and opened the box, it was pretty much like other Kindles…it had a film to peel off the front. There wasn’t a wall plug, but there was a USB cable. The “quick start” guide was just a single card in a pocket in the top…it reminded me of the things we used to have in some books in school where we wrote down our name on a line when we checked it out.
The screen showed how to connect it to a computer’s USB port.
Then, it took me through a very simple three-step process. I did need the password for my wi-fi network, but I had that handy. Entering it, by the way, without a physical keyboard, was easier than I expected. They cleverly provided me with a keyboard where everything was capitals and one where everything was in lower case. Each keyboard also had numbers. That made the “hunt and click” method of selecting the characters for my password not too onerous. That hunt and click is what I call what we do on a Tivo…you move to a letter on a board, then click.
I will say that it took quite a while for it to detect my wi-fi router…I think that was longer than it had been on my K3, but it’s hard to compare those on that. Once it detected it, setting up was simple. I was guided through three steps, which resulted in my Kindle being registered, knowing it was registered, and connected to my wi-fi. I was ready to go.
I’ve heard people say their Mindles had less contrast than their K3s…not in my case. It looks the same…if anything, I’d say the Mindle seems to have better contrast. However, I do have some color vision deficiency, so you can’t figure that the way I see things is the way everybody sees them.
There was also a thread in the Amazon Kindle community forum that said the browser on the K4 wasn’t as good as the browser on the K2 (the person who posted had skipped the K3). That wasn’t my experience…I tested it, and it seems as fast to me as the K3. It could be that the person who posted had a faster 3G connection than wi-fi…that’s unusual, I believe, but it happens.
Otherwise, it’s all been pretty good. I had to realize I wasn’t setting up a replacement Kindle, so I didn’t go through those steps.
I was able to download a personal document through the archives right away.
It has an e-mail address of its own (at least at Home-Menu-Settings). I haven’t checked my Manage Your Kindle page yet* to see what’s there.
The other thing that threw me a bit was when I wanted to try changing the text size…and there was no Aa button. Fortunately, I simply followed the advice I give you: when in doubt, hit the Menu button. That gave me a choice to change the font size, which brought up the same choices as the Aa button (except for text-to-speech, of course).
Overall? I think it’s a decent EBR (E-Book Reader) so far. It’s worth the $79. I wouldn’t have it as my main EBR, since it doesn’t have text-to-speech. I thought my Significant Other might want to switch to it (smaller might be better), but it won’t play SCRABBLE. I’m not quite sure why that is, but that’s the case. It will play Every Word.
I like the arrangements of the buttons…I’m finding it very easy (even after only a few minutes) to invoke the keyboard when I want, go home, go back, and open the menu. The next and previous page buttons are easy as well. I think it would be too small and precise for people with tactile issues.
I like the color and the design (the way the Kindle logo looks on both sides), but don’t go by me on that.
One more thing: it was strange going to the Experimental part of the menu, and only seeing one choice (for the browser).
* Okay, I’ve checked my
This Kindle did not come set up with the “Send All” address. According to MYK, I’d have to deregister it and reregister it. I may play more with that later. I do still have a “send all’ address available, though.
Update: I forgot to mention this, but I thought my Significant Other had a great observation, saying the Mindle looked like a greeting card. If you think about those cards with a speaker inside them (like the ones with Hoops and Yoyo), that’s close to the size of the Mindle…if the whole card was as thick as the thickest point.
If you have questions or comments about the Mindle, feel free to let me know.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.