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#1 Aightball

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 11:14 PM

Surprising question from me, I know. My bf has tossed the idea of an e-reader around for a while. You know me. You know what I think. But, if he's thinking about one, thought I'd take my opinion for a spin. if you all promise not to laugh at me, I'll tell you where I am in that journey.

Deal?

 

Okay.

 

The first thing I tried was the Kindle app on my phone. I've mis-placed a book and I'm really annoyed about that. So, I got that one. After I tried a sample book. Not bad. Didn't hurt my eyes like I feared. Easy to read, not hard to navigate. Announced findings to the bf.

 

We agreed that, if we do go down this route, we're not giving up real books. But, we both admit we see the benefit as far as travel now. Not that we'd be able to amass our current physical library, not by a long shot. We're at almost 900 books! (Goal is 1K and then 2K and so on) But we gave the e-readers 1 point for that.

 

Another point was given in the "oh crap, I'm at work and forgot my book" category.

 

So, now, I've checked a Kindle (very basic, no touch screen, not a tablet) out from the local library. It comes pre-loaded with some select titles. I picked one at random at started reading.

 

Not bad. The screen does not hurt my eyes. It isn't a book, but it looks like one. My interest is kept as it is with a real book.

 

So, once the bf can experiment with the loaned Kindle (we have it for two weeks), I suspect we'll be looking.

 

Here's what I want:

 

The ability to have books if I want (see above reasons). Office (this is essential). Web browsing. Ability to attach a keyboard.

 

I understand there are differences reading on an actual tablet versus an e-reader. Noticed the Kindle HDX has what I want. Not sure about Nook.

 

Also, could I plug in a USB? Or an SD card?

 

So...I won't say I'm reformed yet. But I'm testing my hatred of e-books. I'm starting to think it was misplaced. I still won't give up real books (see above goals). But even this old curmudgeon has to admit there might be something to these new-fangled ebooks after all.


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Posted 26 February 2014 - 01:31 AM

I... I can't... what... am I reading this correctly?? :tongue:

Okay, I won't tease. I have a Kindle Fire (not the HDX) and I like it. I mostly use it for reading, followed by some games and apps, followed by web browsing. To do anything with Office I would think you'll also need to get yourself a Bluetooth keyboard. And from what I understand the Office viewer that comes with it is just a viewer. You'll have to buy the app to be able to edit documents. The Fire will come with a USB cord to connect to your computer. My only Kindle Fire complaint is the screen glare. And I won't put the anti-glare screen protector on because it'll dull the pretty HD images lol.

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 11:46 AM

Good for you for being willing to check it out! :smile: I also have the Kindle Fire (not HD or HDX) and I love it. It works wonderfully for me because I can use it for more than reading, but that was something that I specifically wanted when I got it. I can check my FB and Twitter on my lunch break, that sort of thing. Plus I have access to wi-fi at work, so I usually have Pandora playing while I go along my business. It's a good device. As J. Lea noted, there's some screen glare at times, depending on where you're at, but you can brighten it pretty well to cover that.

 

If you're looking for more bells and whistles, the Fire is a good option. Otherwise, if all you want is just the reader, I've seen good reviews of the Paperwhite as well. I haven't used it personally, though, so I'm not 100% sure on that one.



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 09:52 PM

I... I can't... what... am I reading this correctly?? :tongue:

Okay, I won't tease. I have a Kindle Fire (not the HDX) and I like it. I mostly use it for reading, followed by some games and apps, followed by web browsing. To do anything with Office I would think you'll also need to get yourself a Bluetooth keyboard. And from what I understand the Office viewer that comes with it is just a viewer. You'll have to buy the app to be able to edit documents. The Fire will come with a USB cord to connect to your computer. My only Kindle Fire complaint is the screen glare. And I won't put the anti-glare screen protector on because it'll dull the pretty HD images lol.

 

 

*laughs* Don't die, J. Lea! We need you! *starts CPR*

 

I thought maybe it was time...time to see if I'd been wrong, time to see what all the fuss was about. We're still hell bent on our physical book goals, but if this is the future, so be it. It doesn't suck as much as I feared. I don't see me going full time on them, mostly traveling and such but it's been kind of interesting to delve in and try things out =).

 

I'm thinking we'll probably plonk down for the HDX...I REALLY want Office (mostly Word) so I can edit/write on the go. And having bells and whistles is good for me and him (mostly Netflix for him).

 

I'm glad people are liking the Fire, though...things to consider


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 10:23 AM

If you are concerned about hurting your eyes, I would recommend an e-reader, not a Fire or other tablet. Those all have glare, glare, glare. (The e-readers have keyboards; just small ones, of course.) I edit my manuscripts on my Kindle; you can load your personal documents on it like Word, .pdfs, etc. 


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:57 PM

If you are concerned about hurting your eyes, I would recommend an e-reader, not a Fire or other tablet. Those all have glare, glare, glare. (The e-readers have keyboards; just small ones, of course.) I edit my manuscripts on my Kindle; you can load your personal documents on it like Word, .pdfs, etc. 

 

That's where I'm on the fence: I can see us using the device more as a tablet than an e-reader. The e-books would be more for being in the car or when I go to work or school and want to read but dno't have the book with me. Otherwise, I foresee doing Word, internet, that sort of stuff on the tablet...decisions, decisions. q


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 03:10 PM

The Kindle Fire, and I include HD and HDX in this, is really awesome as a tablet as well. My brother is a major computer geek (he surpassed me years ago), and he's told me that it's ridiculously cheap considering what it's capable of doing. Amazon has specifically priced it far lower than it should be, knowing that they'll make up for it in what you purchase later, i.e. books, games, apps, etc.

 

He gave me details on specs, of course, but I don't remember them now. I just remember that it was a lot of bang for your buck.  :wink:  



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 04:09 PM

I'm really leaning toward the Fire if we go this route. It's all still up in the air, as I might be needing a new laptop this year. In that case, I'm tempted to get one the new "360s", where it's a laptop and tablet in one. No idea how that would do for a Kindle app (since I've learned the benefits of such recently). It wouldn't get as much mileage as an e-reader as it would a tablet and sometimes e-reader...oh the choices. I have some time (this all depends on how often my laptop says "all done!" in the next couple of weeks...)


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:28 PM

After some consideration, I went with the Paperwhite. It was on sale and it's just a reader...no distractions, though I think I can load stuff on it  (like my writing) to read through. And even if not, no biggie. Should arrive Thursday, so we'll see.


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 06:21 PM

I'm surprised you went the e-reader route. Good for you for trying new things.

If you do decide to go with a convertible laptop, I have a dell xps and I love it. I am one of the few people on the planet who like windows 8 though. The screen flip to a tablet is terrific.

It's a little heavy to lug around for just reading, but my kindle app works great on it and I can flip over and type/write whenever I feel inspired. Windows store hasn't caught up to Apple or android yet, but it's getting there.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 06:51 PM

We were gone overnight so I brought it along to play with. I want to make sure I test it well before I decide if I really like it enough to keep it. I was able to lay on the hotel bed in any way I chose and read. It's a little awkward laying on my side, but otherwise, it was fine. The screen was good in all light and I didn't get any glare until it was directly under a lamp with an old-style lightbulb. Otherwise, I got some good natured teasing from my boyfriend about it, but I liked it.

 

Maybe the tide is changing...

 

MJ: Dell...I had a HORRIBLE experience with them a few years ago...how long have you had your computer? I'm looking at the HP 360 for price (have to add $140 to get Office, but that's fine by me)...how does the Dell compare?


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 09:57 PM

We've had the xps 12 for about 6 months. It's a higher price point than the HP. It all depends what's important to you in a machine. I do a lot of high processing activities. One big difference between the two is that the HP runs on a lower end tablet process, where as the Dell runs a higher end processor. I also appreciate the better screen resolution on the dell and a back lit keyboard was a necessity.

Actually, we ended up at the dell because I didn't like the swivel mechanism of the Lenovo (similar to the HP) the xps 12 screen is hinged on both sides and flips in the chassis folding against the key board.the others leave the key board on the outside. That seemed like asking for trouble to me.

But if all you do is run office, email and light surfing the HP looks like a great deal. Here's a review on the HP http://www.techradar...1227685/review

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 10:51 PM

I mostly surf the web, run spotify and other such services and word. I'm not into gaming, but I do stuff with photos...the exposed keyboard concerns me. They say it's deactivated, but that doesn't always mean that's the case. I've thought about trying Dell again, see if they're any better than a few years ago.


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Posted 14 March 2014 - 09:15 AM

After some consideration, I went with the Paperwhite. It was on sale and it's just a reader...no distractions, though I think I can load stuff on it  (like my writing) to read through. And even if not, no biggie. Should arrive Thursday, so we'll see.

 

Yes, you can. As I said in my post above, I load my manuscripts on them and even edit on them, using the notes and highlight features. Enjoy!

 

You can get the full Office suite for $99 through their subscription program called Office 360. I'm on my second subscription. Free updates, etc.


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