Friday, July 1, 2011

Backpacking with the Kindle & iPhone

Kindle & iPhone, Point Reyes  2011

Mike wanted to try out the Kindle as a backpacking item. Also, he was curious to see if there was any reception for his Verizon iPhone at Coast Camp.

iPhone: There wasn't any reception. But! Mike was able to listen to an NPR podcast of Fresh Air when it got too dark to read.

Kindle: Some background: Mike likes to read when he's up in the mountains (or wherever) camping. If he's backpacking, weight is a major consideration, so he hasn't been able to take as many books as he'd like with him. The Kindle solves this problem since it only weighs around 12 ounces.

Above we see the Kindle put into an aftermarket case. And, durability issues are still somewhat unresolved. (By the way: note the totally superfluous keyboard.) Anyway, for this one trip, the Kindle worked just fine. Of course, new models will be coming out on a regular basis, thus proving Dan's Rule: "In Tech Matters, It Never Hurts to Procrastinate."

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