I'm glad I jumped back into the Kindle market. My wifi-only Kindle is getting almost as much use as my iPad. I recently wrote a post on my iPad blog about lessons learned the first year with that device. I figured I ought to do something similar covering lessons learned after a year away from the Kindle:
There's nothing wrong with doing only one thing exceptionally well -- I love my iPad, mostly because it's a jack of all trades. But there's definitely something to be said for a device like the Kindle that pretty much just does one thing but does it extremely well. (It's still hard admitting this since I jumped ship and did all my long-form reading on my iPad for the past 12 months!)
No free memory indicator -- I'm sure this device has plenty of storage space but I miss the ability to see just how much memory is free. Unless I'm missing something, there's no way to tell that on the device itself.
No SD slot -- Speaking of memory, would it really have killed anyone to include an SD slot on this model? It feels very Apple-esque without an option to add memory, particularly since the older Kindles used to support this.
Text-to-speech is a terrific feature -- I didn't have this with my first-gen Kindle and I'm already finding it very useful on my new device. I'm still amazed there are publishers (and authors) out there who refuse to enable this in their Kindle editions. Do they really think Kindle edition owners are also running out to buy the audio versions of the same book? Highly unlikely.
Apps still feel awkward -- I haven't come across a single app that seems compelling enough to buy/install. I've got dozens on my iPhone and iPad but can't find any that look appealing for the Kindle. Are there any worth trying out?
The dictionary is even more awkward -- Here's where not having a touch-screen is a huge drawback. The Kindle app for iPad spoiled me by letting me simply touch the word I want to look up. The Kindle device makes it more of a challenge where you have to press the up button for every line, then the right button for every word till you get to the word you're looking for. Ugh.
Experimental seems to have stalled out -- One year and two generations later and yet the "Experimental" screen looks the same as it ever has. I really wish Amazon would use the R&D potential of this area and start adding some cool options.