Amazon Kindle Paperwhite questions
I've recently been quizzed by people about tablet devices, mostly the Apple iPad and iPad Mini. I do not currently own any tablet devices, but this may change in the future. As a past moderator for a local Macintosh User Group, I occasionally encounter questions about technology, including tablet devices.
I recently started another thread in this forum about the iPad Mini. There were repeated references to the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader tablet in that discussion. For the sake of clarity and focus, I decided to open this new discussion thread devoted expressly to the Kindle Paperwhite.
Here are some questions for those who own an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (AKP):
1: What model of AKP do you own? Does it have Wifi-only? What about cellular access?
2: Is the amount of built-in storage in an AKP fixed and unchangeable? (Seems that way upon visiting the Amazon site)
3: Where did you buy your AKP, from Amazon direct or from a third party?
4: If one were to buy an AKP in a store like OfficeMax or Staples, how could one be sure one is getting the current model? Is there a nomenclature printed on the product's box?
5: Customer reviews posted on the Amazon web-site state that the AKP only ships with a USB power/recharging adaptor; there is no AC wall charger unit in the AKP's box. Is this a problem in your eyes? Did you buy the Amazon wall adaptor, or did you simply use the AKP's USB adaptor by pulling it into a third-party USB wall power adaptor? If so, which USB wall adaptor is best for home and/or travel use?
6: If you prefer to use Amazon's AKP wall adaptor, did you buy their adaptor with your AKP, as a bundle or separately?
7: There was a mention of "paying extra" to "do away with the ads"; one AKP-owner/reviewer referred to this as "blackmail". Does this concern you? If you opt to "pay extra", how do you pay it and how much did you pay? Is this a recurring bill?
8: How do you like the physical look and feel of the AKP? (Not just the interface; I also want to know about your tactile impressions and how it "feels" in your hand(s).
9: Where do you most commonly use your AKP while indoors?
10: Where do you most commonly use your AKP while outdoors?
11: Do you ever take your AKP with you camping/tenting or picnicking in remote locations?
12: Do you own any Tom Bihn gear for carrying your AKP? If so, what? How useful is it to you?
13: Do you employ any weatherproof gear for carrying your AKP? If so, what? How useful is it to you?
14: Are illustrated field guide books for birds, plants, trees or other wildlife available for your AKP? If so, how useful are they to you if you take your AKP with you on a hike?
15: Can an AKP interact with other devices via WiFi and/or Bluetooth? If so, what can you do with them?
16: What about finding older books for your AKP? Let's say you own a hardcopy book from the 1970s. Can you get those older books on your AKP? If there any way of porting them to your AKP?
17: What other uses, other than e-book reading, do you use your AKP for? Does it offer a built-in calculator? Built-in clock?
18: How does an AKP connect to a Windows PC? (Interface, software, procedural summary) Or does the AKP's Wifi ability render this as unnecessary?
19: How does the AKP connect to a Macintosh?
Thanks in advance!