It’s been two months now that I had been using my Amazon Kindle 2 global wireless edition. I’ve wanted to get a Kindle ever since Amazon came out with the Kindle 1 last 2008. I wrote about it in the post entitled “The future of reading . . .The Amazon Kindle.”
I didn’t rush and got a Kindle 1 immediately. Being a “veteran” of electronic devices, I knew that this was 1st generation device and that I am better off waiting for the newly improved “2nd gen” device.
I was so excited about the Kindle that I constantly monitored its progress. I placed it in my Christmas wish list. Oftentimes, I find myself searching for it in the internet, reading reviews and staring at the picture of the Kindle. I am such a voracious reader and I was really attracted to the Kindle. Of course there are five main reasons why I was attracted to the prospect of having an electronic reading device, first it looks nice, “high-tech”: and sophisticated (Just like in Star Trek ! Sorry, I’m a trekkie and a sci-fi fan) secondly, I can get books much cheaper. Thirdly, I don’t have to carry a lot of books when I travel. Fourthly, I believe that reading electronic files instead of paper books will help save the environment. Lastly, I’m a gadget fanatic.
Amazon then came out with the Kindle 2. On March 2009, I wrote a post about entitled “Why the Amazon Kindle 2 sucks.” I told myself; finally, Amazon ironed out the kinks in the Kindle 1 and came out with a much more improved device. Again, I didn’t rush to get the Kindle 2. I figured out that for certain they will reduce the price after several months. (At that time it retailed for $359 U.S) Also, other devices competing with Amazon Kindle came up so I considered these devices as well.
I waited and waited for months like a tiger waiting patiently for its prey. I kept staring at the pictures and reading some more reviews. I compared other ebook devices but I concluded that the Kindle was the certainly the best for me.
One year after, sometime in March 2010, I was really itching to purchase the Kindle. This was because of several reasons. First, they came out with the “Global wireless edition.” Secondly, they decided to ship to the Philippines and I can purchase ebooks online without hassles. (Some people used a workaround when this was still not available in the Philippines) Thirdly, because the dropped the price to $259.00.
Then suddenly, Apple came up with the ipad. That time, the ipad was still not selling but was announced to be released sometime between April and May. I was torn between two lovers. Although the ipad was $300 more expensive, it was more than an ebook reader. It was a computer and a very cool one indeed.
I read some more reviews. I was close to deciding for the Kindle when Amazon announced that it has released an ipad app to let ipad users purchase and read Amazon books. This brought me back to my first dilemma of being torn between two lovers.
After some sleepless nights (Not really just a figure of speech hehehehe) :-), reading some reviews and weighing the pros and cons I figured out that the best device for me is the Kindle. My purpose is to read books and not play games, be connected to the internet or do some work with a computer. Besides, the Kindle is best for reading because of its use of black and white eInk technology. They say that reading with the ipad causes eye strain.
So finally on the third week of April 2010, I placed an order for the Amazon Kindle 2 global wireless edition. I also ordered some accessories like a light, screen protector and casing.
I was surprised that it just took 5 days for it to arrive. I tore the box like a 5 year old eagerly opening his Christmas presents. I then ordered my first ebook “How to Think like Benjamin Graham and Invest like Warren Buffett” and had it downloaded straight to my Kindle. I also experimented with purchasing an ebook via my computer and syncing it to my Kindle. It was such a breeze. I toyed around with the features. I was really happy and satisfied. Everything works just fine. The free 3G internet connection is kind of slow though. I am not at all surprised because of the current wireless 3G internet infrastructure we have in the Philippines. But it suits my purpose. Besides I don’t surf a lot using my Kindle. I just purchase books with it from time to time.
I bought my Kindle to Hong Kong on the third week of June. The free internet connection was a little faster there. So far I’ve read more than thousand pages of books and .pdf files on my Kindle.
You might be reading this post and must be scratching your head, where is the regret in my purchase of the Kindle 2. It seems that I am a very happy and satisfied customer.
Well, I just opened my computer today and found out that Amazon dropped the price of the Kindle to $189.00 (U.S) whahahahahahaahahhaahaaaa !!!! I should have waited for 2 months more; I could have saved more than $60.00. (I hate you Barnes and Noble people – makers of the Nook, another ebook reader. They are the ones who started the price slash prompting Amazon to slash the price of the Kindle)
Well, That’s life. Sometimes you win sometimes you loose. The most important thing is that you keep reading. 🙂 If you want to get a Kindle, please get it at my Amazon eStore so that I will be able to recover my $60++. 🙂 If you don’t want to get a kindle perhaps you want to get some hydroponic systems. 🙂