Originally, I thought of getting the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite to replace my Kindle Keyboard which I thought was not possible to be fixed. But after a lot of researching and finally successful in dismantling my Kindle Keyboard and replacing the broken screen….I started to realise that I just simply cannot let go of my Kindle Keyboard, I love it too much! It would therefore pointless for me to get the Paperwhite, because the only differences between these two devices are a touchscreen and backlighting….features that I can actually live without.
Hence I decided that in order to get a better Amazon Kindle device that will not displace my existing Kindle Keyboard, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX would be the best choice. The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX is more of a tablet than a dedicated e-book reader anyway….so not only would I be able to read e-books on it, I will be able to use it just like any other tablet out there. So yes, I’ve pretty much made up my mind that my next Amazon device will be the Kindle Fire HDX.
After scouring the World Wide Web for months, I found out that sending a Kindle 3 for repairs to a third-party is too costly for me to bear. There are only a few companies which offer a Kindle 3 screen repair service, and most of them are located in the US and the UK. Being a Malaysian, sending my Kindle to either the US or UK would already be costly enough, what more with having to bear the repair costs and the shipping back to Malaysia! The total cost for all that amounts to at least RM700++, which not only exceeds the value of a Kindle 3 but also that for a new Kindle Paperwhite. Therefore, the solution for me (if I don’t want to ditch my old, broken Kindle, that is) is to order a replacement screen unit from a manufacturer and do the repair myself. It didn’t take me long to find a seller on eBay, which I promptly ordered.
Still waiting for that screen to arrive here. Once it does, I will conduct the repairs myself based on guides that I find on the WWW.
Last night I discovered that my precious Amazon Kindle (3rd generation) which has been with me for at least a year — and that after I claimed warranty for the first unit I had from the company — has broken its screen display again. Much like what I had faced before with the first unit that I had, the screensaver is frozen and no amount of resetting the device or powering it up will solve the issue. So I told the vendor I bought it from about it and he suggested that I might as well ditch it and get a new one. I might get a new unit since I was right in the middle of Clash of Kings and I don’t want to leave it, but I am unwilling to ditch my faithful e-book reader. So I looked around and I found out that the screen has been successfully repaired before by individual people, as in the video above. Read more…
I am very happy with my current Amazon Kindle 3 (renamed to Kindle Keyboard after Amazon released several new e-book readers with different tech) but since its technology is quite dated now, I do want to get something new to keep up with current times. Originally I was thinking of getting the Kindle Paperwhite but after I saw this excellent video review comparing the Paperwhite to the Kobo Glo (see the video above), I end up still mulling over the matter. However, I think that I am leaning towards the idea of getting the Kobo Glo since the backlight of the device is much brighter than the Kindle Paperwhite (apart from the fact that I still don’t own a device that can read ePub files). The pricing could be an issue though, so I will have to rethink this over before I make my final decision.