My New Toy

I put in the order almost three weeks ago, but last week in the mail my Kindle finally arrived.

What do I think of it? If you want the short review, it’s love at first sight. If you want the long review…well, keep reading.

When I first opened the package, I noticed one of those plastic sheets laid across the front of the screen. On this sheet was printed the start-up instructions. You’ve probably seen plastic sheets on the front of cell phones or other electronic devices made so that it looks like the equipment is on.

I followed the instructions which told me to plug in the Kindle. I decided I didn’t need the sheet, so I pulled it off. I was surprised to discover that the instructions weren’t printed on the sheet, but were instead on the Kindle. This drove home two points that I already knew, but I hadn’t fully appreciated.

First, the resolution is outstanding. I have never seen a generation 1 or 2, but the three blew me away. Here is an image I took of my Kindle with Agatha Christie on the screen. It was the best I could do, but it  still doesn’t do the screen justice.

The second thing I realized with the instructions on the screen is that the Kindle really doesn’t use power once the image is displayed. They sent me the Kindle with the instructions on the screen, and it wasn’t draining the battery. The image linked above will sit on my Kindle until I turn it on.

I’ve got more to say, but it’s getting late. I’ll add a few more thoughts on my Kindle in the next few days. Right now, I’m going to go read my kids a bedtime story. Something from Hans Christian Andersen, I think.

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