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Kindle update brings 85% more battery life, native PDF support

By Matthew
Nov 24, 2009
  1. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    Man i would love to have one of these but i think my brother would like it even more as a present for christmas. native pdf reader is a nice addition i wonder how just a firmware update can increase battery life so much but hey better overall for the customer :) cant complain about that. i had wondered if it would hurt your eyes to read a small screen for so long but it seems like it doesnt have any adverse affects.
     
  2. LazyNinja

    LazyNinja TS Rookie Posts: 16

    I'm not doubting the benefits of this technology, I just prefer the look, feel, and smell of a paper book. I spend enough time everyday staring at computer screens as it is.
     
  3. lupinnktp

    lupinnktp TS Rookie Posts: 44

    amazing. i'm a battery-life freak and this definitely increases the appeal of this device.!!
     
  4. paynetrain007

    paynetrain007 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    just another way to spend $400 to read a book.
     
  5. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    Wow, 85% more battery life with a simple firmware update! The previous firmware must have been really bad... How come they didn't figure this out before the device was even released? How long did the battery last before this update?
     
  6. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 232

    Well I'm not a big fan on the kindle, but I do like that it now has a native PDF reader thats something I was actually looking forward to, meaning thats something I hoped they do in the future and they have. I'm sure it'll sell the new improvements talk for itself, one thing I've learned from purchasing gadgets and technological-like things is there is always going to be something better than the first or newer- always another version thats why I've started not purchasing all the new an latest gadget like things. Anyways I'm fine with my PSP there's an app that allows me to read .pdf files and thats all I need, I don't see the Kindle no where on my shopping list.
     
  7. Fada

    Fada TS Rookie Posts: 34

    85% more from a firmware upgrade? man someone must have been asleep doing the previous firmware coding, and PDF should have been there from the get go, big oversight on Amazons part.
     
  8. Rapidhic

    Rapidhic TS Rookie Posts: 24

    Bug or they lost some of the market share and they wanted to add a plus to their device?
     
  9. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    Wait...an 85% improvement with a software update...can anyone proove this please that seems a bit overwhelming, although if true quite amazing. As for the PDF support, about friggin time, it has only been the international standard for documentatin for two years running now...

    My only complaint about the kindle would have to be the black on grey, if they can fix this to a more black on white I will be much impressed and more inclined to get one.
     
  10. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    I'm interested in getting this product when the price fall bellow 199 USD. The 85% increase in power is awesome thought.
     
  11. jerry53

    jerry53 TS Rookie Posts: 27

    oh my God they must have messed up the firmware soo bad the time before or blocked its full funtionality otherwise there is no way that this particular firmware can bring about soo much battery life.
     
     
  12. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,414   +116

    @Jerry: The only things that comes to my mind is that they figured out a way to optimize the 3G connection and that is the main battery saving.
     
  13. Heretic

    Heretic TS Rookie Posts: 37

    I genuinely like this. I think it's a great idea. I'd rather lug this around than all my books which weigh like 20 pounds each.
     
  14. claycc

    claycc TS Rookie Posts: 43

    interesting gadget but probably not one I would ever use. If prices came down it would be interesting for schools since you could download your new books each semester. At the same time I have several college text books I use as reference material in my job so it is nice to have a physical copy.
     
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