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My first 12 hours with the Amazon Kindle
Benjamin J. Higginbotham
I have a weakness for eReaders.  I don't know why, but I think they are a really nifty technology.  You may have seen me swinging one around from time to time in a video using it as a very expensive notepad or prop.  When Amazon announced their Kindle product I jumped online and used my Prime account to get one the very next day ($3.00 overnight shipping is awesome).

There are a lot of things I like about the Kindle and a few things I simply don't understand.  The video below covers a lot of these items.  Keep in mind that it's nearly impossible to have a great in-depth review of a product with only 12 hours of use.  I do plan on using the Kindle for a while then re-shooting the video with my actual real-life experiences.

There are many odd things about the Kindle that I didn't cover in the video, but have been mentioned online many, many times before.  Why is there DRM, how do I share books, page refresh is slow (on all ePaper I have ever used the refresh is slow), so forth and so on.  I'll play with the device for a bit, hopefully have a chance to talk with a product designer or two and get back to you with some answers as soon as I can.  For now, enjoy the video.

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1. Posted by: Charbax on November 21, 2007 1:33 AM:

Awesome! Are you going to post this video in HD quality? E-Ink looks awesome in HD video..

2. Posted by: Charbax on November 21, 2007 5:07 AM:

Are you saying "more in a couple of weeks" at the end of the video? I hope you meant something like "more in a couple of days" or something? I'd find it cool to get high resolution video close-ups of it, to really see how the interface and the layouts work.

3. Posted by: Aaron on November 21, 2007 7:20 AM:

Great post! Thanks for getting it right away so we didn't have to. I appreciate the honest and blunt feedback.

4. Posted by: Hjalmer on November 21, 2007 8:14 AM:

I liked your review, thank you for describing your experience with it!

I would be very interested in a comparision between the several models you showed in the video. Maybe each one's killer feature for you, and, eventually, your favorite of them all and why.

I have only recently seen the quality of the e-ink displays and I am strongly considering an ebook purchase because of this.

5. Posted by: ed on November 21, 2007 10:49 AM:

Paying for blog downloading - you don't pay for monthly internet access, they have to pay for the delivery via Sprint. It's cheaper than paying the monthly EVDO sprint fees.

And how often do you need to access the SD card? OMG! It's behind a door... oh no!

6. Posted by: Benjamin Higginbotham on November 21, 2007 11:15 AM:

Charbax, yes I will be adding this video to our HD RSS feeds, but I need a wee bit of time. I accidentally shot this in 1080i/24p do I need to do some conversion to make it actually progressive.

I'll be doing more videos on the Kindle soon with an in-depth review of how I use it in my life in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned, more to come.

Ed, lets say I have 200 blogs that I read. Each one is $1.00 (although some are actually $2.00). To get those delivered to my Kindle it would cost a minimum of $200.00 per month. The most expensive unlimited EVDO plan I have seen is $100.00 a month and frankly most plans in the US are closer to $30.00 - $50.00 a month. At the very least it's a $100.00 EVDO premium and that's if I only have 200 feeds. Think of poor Scoble, his monthly bill would be well over $900.00 USD every month!!!

I also use the SD card on my Sony Reader every time I use it. Notes, tasks, questions for guests, I use it a *lot*. Yeah, it's a PITA that it's behind that silly door, that makes so sense.

7. Posted by: pixie on November 21, 2007 1:33 PM:

I think its white to be more like paper. I like it white, those other ones you showed in the beggning, the black ones are just as ugly if not uglier. nobody is apple hah. Very few companies make truly beautiful gadgets.

Also surfing on your cell phone isnt free unless you pay for unlimited data... I don't, not worth the money. So basically kindle doesn't mind if you surf on the fly but the FEATURE of being able to save it to the kindle and read while NOT on the internet, like in a plane.. they want you to pay for that. Seems a good way for them to make money lol. Your very whiney haha.

I am curious as to how you will feel about it after you have used it.

8. Posted by: Chris Brogan... on November 23, 2007 11:52 AM:

Super good review, Ben. I'm not getting one, but I really enjoyed seeing your take on it. Great to know someone who has some experience with other devices took a look, too. So you even had some comparison info in there. Killer.

Your fan,


9. Posted by: Kirk on January 26, 2008 9:50 AM:

Any follow up article planned?

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