Note: The day I finished writing this review, Jeff Bezos announced a new, high-end Kindle, so it’s probably a good idea to wait for further details before buying any of the Kindles — if only to pick-up a second-hand Voyage for a better price.
Years ago, I preordered the Amazon Kindle 2. I’d never used an eReader before but I was spending hundreds of dollars a month on physical books and was eager to slash that cost as much as possible by going digital. I handed over my money and hoped for the best.
This was one of the better decisions I’ve made in my life.
Right away, the Kindle 2 became my favourite gadget. Books were now affordable, they didn’t need to be shipped from the United States to Australia, and the reading experience felt wonderfully refined. I was in heaven.
Since then, new Kindles have been released, but until earlier this year, I didn’t buy any of them. I tried one of the earlier updates, but the lack of physical keyboard, lousy buttons, and otherwise cheap feeling kept me wary of upgrading unless I had to. Even as well-reviewed updates were released, like the Paperwhite, I stuck with my Kindle 2, content with my “if it ain’t broke” mentality.
Then it broke.
After seven years of faithful service, the Kindle 2 started bugging out. Sometimes books wouldn’t open, forcing me to restart the device, delete the book, and then re-download it. In other cases, my highlights were disappearing without syncing to the web, which meant I could no longer trust the linchpin of my research.
The time had come for an upgrade.