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New Kindle?


morddwyd

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Although this may really be a Helproom matter, it is more just a chat among friends!

My fourteen month old Kindle is becoming a bit temperamental (battery charging problems,).

The cost of a repair is not really a sensible spend, so do I go for a new Kindle, on spend my Christmas money on a tablet of similar size which may not be quite as functional as an e-book reader, but would offer additional facilities?

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ton

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New batteries are available, they cost about a tenner.

But I would get in touch with Amazon as I have heard they are very helpful, even out of warranty.

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interzone55

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lotvic

I assume yours is one of the new keyboard-less kindles.

Apparently Amazon had reports of users accidentally turning their devices off when turning pages, so they lost the slider switch and introduced the button.

I've never had problems with the slider, and would imagine a button would be easier to accidentally turn on or off...

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Forum Editor

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Transferred to Helproom from Speakers Corner.

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lotvic

The original Kindles have a spring loaded slide switch that turns them on and off.

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Forum Editor

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A 14 month old Kindle should not be having charging problems - all other things being equal.

It's worth checking that your charger isn't the culprit - a new one won't cost much. It's worth a try.

If it's not a faulty charger,have a chat with Amazon. They are pretty good with Kindle problems, they don't want any bad Kindle vibes spoiling what is now a huge market for Kindle books.

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robinofloxley

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Unless millions go wrong ;-)

Get in quick.

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Seadog

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I have a second generation Kindle (white with keyboard) bought when they were shipped from the USA and have never used the adapter (charger) that came with it - I just plug the lead into a usb port on my pc or laptop, that charges it just the same.................

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Seadog

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Mine is now 27 months old and I've no problem with the battery, where I do have a wee problem is the 'joystick' - I have to be exact when I use the joystick - if I don't press it squarely the wrong thing is selected! Must be overuse I guess. Mind you, mine looks very dated now compared with the newer versions.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Bought the new one after borrowing my sisters keyboard version.

Found if tried to charge off a mains USB charger I have for my mp3 player the battery light just flashed but it charged fine from the desktops USB port.

If you do buy a new one £89, be aware, there is no "text to speech function" or speakers / earphone plug, so can not play mp3s on it. Loss of the text to speech function could be important for some people.

You can still buy the keyboard version (£110 wi-fi only)

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interzone55

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*Fruit Bat /\0/*

Is your MP3 play an iPod?

Some iPod chargers give out 12v (iPod's must be able to cope with 5v & 12v input, perhaps to speed up charging). I didn't know this, and killed a perfectly good Sat Nav by hitting it with 12v instead of 5v

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