Y’all, this sucks. Yesterday, I was plugging in my Kindle to charge it for my trip. As I was setting it down on my nightstand, it slipped out of my hands and fell. Normally it’s not a big deal, as it has a very protective cover. It’s fallen many times before, and never been hurt. But I had been reading and neglected to close the case. My beloved Kindle fell, screen first, right onto the power strip. Now it is all banged up and the screen is broken (sob).
Sooooo it looks like I have to buy a new Kindle. There are so many options now! The last time I bought a Kindle (two years ago) there were two available, and the only difference was size. I definitely don’t want a Kindle Fire, but instead want one with E Ink, because it’s not backlit. It looks like the main functional difference between my old Kindle and these new Kindles is that there is no built in keyboard. Other than that, you now choose:
- Regular E Ink or the Paperwhite that is backlit
- $20 discount if they can send you special offers (which are supposed to only be on the screensaver and not interrupt reading)
- The regular size of 6.5”x4.5” or the DX at 7.5”x4.8” (the DX includes the keyboard but is $200 more)
I don’t think I want the backlit one (it hurts my eyes). But another (very annoying) change is that the regular E Ink version is not available with 3G. So is dealing with the backlight (and an extra $100) worth getting that 3G? Is it worth the savings to put up with the special offers? Is not having a keyboard as irritating as it seems like it would be?
I just realized I will also likely have to buy a new case. Ugh!
Readers, what are your thoughts?