A bit of Kindle hyperbole

Kindle’s first design; sharp, boxy, and lopsided

Hyperbole – n. exaggeration, overstatement.

Every now and then I will re-post some total tech baloney for your amusement. Whether it’s false reports of a Kindle with a color E Ink display, or a bogus specifications claim, find unbelievable posts under this tag.

I came across this old blog post from 2007 that lauded the release of the original Kindle. There were a lot of mixed reviews in the press about this device (some stating it was “too ugly to succeed“) and early adopter enthusiasts were eager to defend their new-found passion. When I first saw the Kindle advertised on Amazon.com, I must admit that the design appeared a little clunky, but after my first experience reading with it those concerns quickly faded away. Occasionally reviewers would overstate the capabilities or potential uses of the Kindle 1, and the following excerpt is an example of this.

I have used [the Kindle] and if someone gave me a choice of receiving an iPod or a Kindle, I’d pick the Kindle. Here are the reasons I like it so much:

  • No computer required. Hooking up to, or synching with, a computer in any manner isn’t required. From my perspective, the ease-of-use of Bluetooth is a myth, and half the time a USB connection doesn’t work. Frankly, docking is for losers. You don’t even need to own a computer to use a Kindle. For light computer users (or for a heavy computer user on vacation), a Kindle can replace a laptop.

Really? A Kindle 1st generation device could replace a laptop? USB connections don’t work “half the time”?

Anyone who has used even the most recent Kindle as a web browsing device knows that an iPod would be immensely more comfortable to surf the web with. E Ink screens and the miniscule Kindle processor are certainly not meant to replace the functionality of an iPod, let alone a laptop computer.

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