The latest and greatest may not always be the best option.
The latest and greatest may not always be the best option. The Kindle reader is a perfect example of this. Before we purchased our pair of Kindle Touches, we had heard of cruisers being able to use the e-readers as an internet device. Although crude in application, the 3G models supposedly allowed one to check email or websites without cost, anywhere in the world. Sounds great right? The ability to do that is the only reason that we paid extra to select the 3G option on one of the Kindles that we purchased. After receiving them though, we were never able to actually make the device connect to the web without Wi-Fi. Sure, we could connect to the Amazon store and buy a book, but we definitely couldn’t do any of the other tricks that we had heard of. I’ve come to realize why.
The other day we were hailed by the boat that had just anchored behind us, Island Dream. The boat’s owners, Pat and Darnell, are friends of friends, and so we dropped by to pay them a visit. While we were onboard their boat, the subject of internet came up, specifically accessing it with Kindles. They shared that they have been able to use their device to get online and they let us know why they believe that we haven’t been able to. Apparently, the newer Kindles, like our Kindle Touch, have had that functionality removed from them. If you want to be able to get that free worldwide 3G internet access, you need to purchase this Kindle!
Our Kindles have been excellent for reading and given the other ways that we have of getting online, the fact that ours don’t work as I thought they might hasn’t been too big of a hardship. If I was going to buy one all over again though, I’d by this one, without question.
Not the latest but possibly still the greatest.
Note: If you have been able to access the web on a Kindle Touch with 3G (not Wi-Fi), and not just the Amazon store, please share how.