Kindle 3.4 update! and the all-new Kindle Family

You must know by now that the Kindle Family has been updated, but my beloved Kindle Keyboard is still available. So naturally, it will get a small update (version 3.4) to support Whispersync for Voice and maybe more. You can read this thread for more information. And don’t forget to check out the new Kindle Paperwhite (sounds like paperweight, huh?) that features built-in light. Bear in mind that the Paperwhite drops audio support, so no audiobook.

The All New Kindle Fire HD Family

The Kindle Fire also gets a spec bump and a price drop. It nows costs only $159. However, it just got big brothers: Fire HD 7″ and Fire HD 8.9″, prices start at $199 and $299 respectively. Seriously, it’s a steal compared to other Android tablets out there. Though I’m a little disappointed that the Fire OS is based on Android 4.0, not 4.1. You can pre-order them right now. Links are listed below.


Read Anywhere, Everywhere

I’ll tell you why having a Kindle or buying Kindle ebooks can give you the freedom of reading !

Do you know you can read Kindle ebooks without actually having a Kindle? Well, it’s true, you can, but what’s the fun in that?

As I said, there is basically a Kindle reading app for each and every popular computer or mobile devices you can think of, and they’re all FREE ! Here’s the list of devices you can read on.

Kindle Apps

Kindle Apps

Download your apps HERE

Also, if you use a public computer or in some situation, you can’t or don’t want to install an app on the computer, Amazon’s Cloud Reader let you read right there on the web browser. It only supports Chrome and Safari right now, but both browser are free to download anyway. Nothing stops you from reading !

You buy books once, you can read them anywhere you like. All bookmarks, highlights and notes you make are always in-sync. Whispersync takes care of that for you automatically in the background (you need to be connected to the Internet of course).

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Kindle 4 vs. Kindle 3 (Keyboard)

Well, Amazon says Kindle 4 is lighter, smaller, faster, better, blah blah blah. To me, I still prefer Kindle 3. Why?

First, Kindle 4 does not have audio playback capability. That basically means NO Text-to-Speech, and Audiobook, music, song, and such.

Furthermore, you have to use 5-way navigator button to move your way around your virtual on-screen keyboard every time you do some typing. What a tedious task!

Keyboard vs. No-Keyboard

On-screen Keyboard

On-screen Keyboard

Most people buy Kindle to read books and just that. They don’t use the built-in browser to surf the Internet, cause they might find it frustrating to move their way around. If you think you’re one of them, then go for the Kindle 4, as it is cheaper, faster, smaller, lighter, and considered as newer models. Kindle Touch is also a good choice if don’t like Kindle Keyboard, as it has the new X-Ray feature and Audio playback. However, if you are not interested in X-Ray feature or don’t like the idea of E-Ink Touchscreen, and believe that you will utilize the physical keyboard for browsing, emailing, and so on, then you might want to consider Kindle Keyboard..

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Touch or Keyboard ??

Let’s look at the Touch and Keyboard, and also the new Kindle base model, Kindle 4, with nothing but a few navigation buttons.

Touch vs. Keyboard

Touchscreen Keyboard

Touchscreen Keyboard

I have a Kindle 3, now “Kindle Keyboard“, and at first I found the typing is somewhat awkward and difficult. However, it gets easier and less painful to the point that I find myself type relatively fast with it. The keyboard is also used by many tweaks and hacks after I jailbroke it, but I guess touchscreen keyboard is not a problem for this. To me, the touchable screen itself that makes me prefer keyboard, since it feels more natural to drag my fingers across the page when I read, like I sometimes absently do with real books. The decisive point of Keyboard over Touch for me, however, is the lack of page turn buttons. It’s not a big deal, but too disappointing. I might end up confuse myself when and when not to touch. 😆

Touch vs. No-Touch

This is a no-brainer. I find only 2, but weak, advantages of the Kindle (No touchscreen) over Kindle Touch: cheaper price tag and page turn buttons. The Touch is only $20 pricier than the base Kindle, and it comes with 4GB storage space, Text-to-Speech, speakers and headphones jack, ability to play audio content, a better way to type. Really, just go ahead and grub Touch. (Although I rarely listen to music from my Kindle, but still..)

***Note: Be aware that Kindle Touch 3G !, Amazon says you cannot surf the web on 3G network anymore !***

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How-To: Jailbreak Your Kindle / Install Tweaks

[Update2: Kindle 3.4 is out. Also NiLuJe updated the jailbreak to version 0.11.N, which works on my v3.4 Kindle Keyboard]

[Update: Kindle 3.3 is out. Also NiLuJe updated the jailbreak to version 0.10.N, which should work on 3.3. It is reported that 0.9.N works on 3.3 too.]

Important Note: If you’re upgrading a jailbroken Kindle, you DO NOT touch the jailbreak ever again. That means you don’t have to jailbreak again after upgrade, and even if an update of the jailbreak is released, you do NOT have to update the jailbreak! Please also read notes at the end of this post.

First off, jailbreaking you Kindle does not void your warranty. As Amazon Customer Service Representative stated here,

Custom Screen Savers Customer Service does not support or provide instructions for adding custom images to your Kindle to be used as screen savers. However, should you choose to do this on your own it will not void your warranty.

So why do you want to jailbreak you device? The most basic reason is that you may just want to change your screen savers, or you want to extend you Kindle’s functionality to read EPUB files and do some other cool geeky things.

According to Yifan Lu, “This should in theory work with every Kindle version from 2.0 to 3.2.1. However, only Kindle 3 on 3.2.1 have been tested, so use at your own risk.”

Installing the jailbreak is very easy and does not require any special technical knowledge at all, thanks to these guys: Yifan Lu, NiLuJe, dsmid, serge_levin, and others.

  1. Download jailbreak files to you computer from here (NiLuJe’s).
    Note: If links broke, please follow this link to download them from original thread.
  2. Extract the ZIP file
  3. Copy the correct file foryour Kindle to your device’s drive
    • k2   for Kindle 2 US
    • k2i  for Kindle 2 International
    • dx   for Kindle DX US
    • dxi  for Kindle DX International
    • dxg for Kindle DX Graphite
    • k3   for Kindle 3 Wifi + 3G (US & Canada)
    • k3g for Kindle 3 Wifi + 3G (Intenational)
    • k3w for Kindle 3 Wifi

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The New Kindle Fire

Welcome to Kindle VS Mac ! This is the first post EVER ! ! For the hype of the just-introduced Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire. I, like many gadget lovers out there, am excited about these new Kindle and couldn’t help to start doing a bit of research and compare its usability to my Kindle 3 (now “Kindle Keyboard“). So, I’d like to share my opinions about these new stuff from Amazon.

Let’s start of with the long-awaited Fire…

Fire vs. iPad?

Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire is announced with really a low price tag. Compared to many tablets out there, I personally think it’s a great choice for someone who want a tablet but does not *need* an iPad. Remember that these tablets are Post-PC devices, as long as they let you surf the webs, listen to music, watch movies, read books, go on facebook and other social networking, they do the job. Also, Amazon’s ecosystem is strong, may or may not be stronger than Apple’s, but it’s strong enough to make Kindle Fire sales soar up sharply after it becomes available.

Continue with the comparison of Fire vs Other tablets after the break !

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