This past Sunday I used my Kindle 3 to have my notes for a wedding I was officiating in. How did it perform? Quite well, but there was one major flaw. Here’s the lowdown:
1. Getting documents on the device. This part is easy. If you have a Word document, you can simply email it to the email address you get when you receive your Kindle. Mine, for example, is email@example.com. A few minutes after emailing it the document appears on your home screen, and you’re good to go.
2. Holding the device. I wasn’t quite sure what the setup was going to be for the wedding, so I had to play a few things by ear. Sometimes they give the minister a lapel mic and sometimes you a get hand-held wireless. I was given a hand-held wireless mic without a stand, which meant I was going to have to hold the device with one hand. This part worked quite well, actually. It’s light and comfortable to hold in one hand, so I didn’t have any problems. The cover that I use (like many) can have the front cover flip back on itself and be tied down by a band to make one handed use easy.
3. Turning pages. Because of the placement of the button, this part was actually pretty smooth as well. I didn’t have to make any awkward movements to turn the page. I simply used my thumb, which was already right by the button, and turned to the next page.
Over all, everything worked wonderfully. It was an outdoor wedding and I could see the screen perfectly, which was nice. There was only one problem. There was one particular moment when the screen went to sleep and I had to reach over with my mic hand to “wake” it back up. I don’t think anyone noticed or anything, but it annoyed me. By default there is no way to disable the Kindle from going to sleep. They’re set to sleep at 10 minutes if it doesn’t receive any input at all. So that’s my major complaint to Amazon. They need to fix this and give people the option of disabling sleep mode. Or at least to extend the sleep time to a specified time. There is a way at the moment, but it involves doing some “hacking” which I don’t feel comfortable with.
What can you do in the meantime? The only option you really have is to press the five way toggle button every once in a while before it goes to sleep so it doesn’t snooze on you.
So there you have it. It does work well, but it does have that one bad flaw. Oh well.
[image by kodomut]