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So I just got my Kindle 3 yesterday, I ordered it late December but due to high demand it took a month to ship it. However, Amazon managed to ship it out ahead of the original ship estimate date. I decided to write an unboxing and post some pics of my new Kindle 3 wifi.

If you are wondering some of the specific specs check them out here.

Here is what it looks like in the box for the first time. It was very simple to open, you just pull where it says pull and use a knife where pulling doesn't work.

Once you open the box you get the Kindle 3 itself, that big cardboard fold up card and the kindle charging cable which is just a mini usb to usb cord.

Moving on to the actual Kindle we see these forward and back buttons which are on both sides.

The primary input method is the qwerty keyboard with the joystick button.

Heres a closeup of the joystick button.

To give you some idea of how thick this is I took a picture of it next to a pen.


Then when you set it all up this is what it looks like.


After spending a couple hours reading on it I can say that I would defiantly recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading. I am also glad I decided to save 50$ and go with the wifi only mode, the browser works but quite simply sucks and even loading a text only page like this would take minutes over 3g. This is because of the e-ink's limitation and I by no means hold it against the device, its nice that they decided to include it as an extra feature.
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It's not a joystick lol
More like a d-pad
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It's not a joystick lol
More like a d-pad
Ya I know that...but you get the point.
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Looks like a solid device. I am actually surprised that it was able to display OCN. I doubt that you could post with it, but cool non the less.

A really cool feature is that all of the (good) books in the public domain are free to download. Sure beats having to read them using a desktop / laptop.

Some day I will get an e-reader, and the Kindle is at the top of my list currently.
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I love my Kindle 3, but I'm on my third one now, and I only got the first one in the first week of October... despite me only using it at home, never dropping it and storing it in its shipping box (not in a hinged case) when not in use, I have had cracks develop on the corners of the screen on the first two I had. This one seems to be okay in that regard, but the panels to the side of the screen are starting to lift off from the screen itself, and the plastic case is starting to creak in certain spots. The first and the third Kindles also had TERRIBLE chemical smells upon unboxing that took more than a week to dissipate, I was scared to use them during that time period, so I left it in my ventilated darkroom to air out.

Overall, it seems like Amazon is still suffering through the horrible quality control that plagued the earlier Kindles, especially in regards to cracks. I hope yours holds up better than mine have.
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I love my Kindle 3, but I'm on my third one now, and I only got the first one in the first week of October... despite me only using it at home, never dropping it and storing it in its shipping box (not in a hinged case) when not in use, I have had cracks develop on the corners of the screen on the first two I had. This one seems to be okay in that regard, but the panels to the side of the screen are starting to lift off from the screen itself, and the plastic case is starting to creak in certain spots. The first and the third Kindles also had TERRIBLE chemical smells upon unboxing that took more than a week to dissipate, I was scared to use them during that time period, so I left it in my ventilated darkroom to air out.

Overall, it seems like Amazon is still suffering through the horrible quality control that plagued the earlier Kindles, especially in regards to cracks. I hope yours holds up better than mine have.
I already ordered two cases from dealextreme for it, this and this. I'll just use which ever is best but I do hope it doesn't get cracked though.
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I already ordered two cases from dealextreme for it, this and this. I'll just use which ever is best but I do hope it doesn't get cracked though.
I don't mean a case in that sense, I was referring to the actual plastic of the Kindle.
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I don't mean a case in that sense, I was referring to the actual plastic of the Kindle.
Ya I understood what you mean, I meant I will use whichever case protects it best and hope the plastic on the Kindle doesn't crack regardless.

But did amazon send you a replacement when yours cracked? I that what you mean by your on your third one?
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Yes - the only problem with the Kindle is that it breaks super easy.

I've broken mine 8 times now. Part of it is my fault, I keep forgetting it in my school bag and I have about 80lbs worth of books in there so it's only common sense it'll break. I broke my PSP twice the same way.

Amazon has been generous enough to replace the damn thing all 8 times no questions asked. Next day delivery too and because I originally got it on Christmas - it comes in Christmas wrapping every time lol
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Yeah, Amazon has replaced my Kindle, no questions asked, although the fact that I'm an "international customer" means they charge me for a new one and refund me, but I end up losing a buck or two each time due to the conversion rate and the fee credit cards are charged due to processing American dollars

Amazon is well aware of the quality control issues they are suffering from, so Kindle replacements are super easy, especially for U.S. residents.

In the case of the cracks on the bottom of the screen, I don't think any kind of case will stop that. Just holding the Kindle normally seems to put stress fractures in the plastic over time, at least on those vulnerable to cracking.
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