It's been 24 hours since Penny arrived (at this point, more like 36-40 hours), and things are going well.
Oh, wait a minute. I didn't tell you about this part, did I? I named my new Kindle Penny. She shipped from Pennsylvania (I know this because I checked the tracking every 5 minutes from the time I ordered her until she showed up on my doorstep on Friday), and I thought, "Pennsylvania. Penny. Perfect!" I'm from Pennsylvania originally, too, so we started out with a lot in common. :p
It is different from my original Kindle, and there's been a little bit of an adjustment period. The page turn buttons operate differently. These click out (which is how I expected the K2's buttons to work, so I guess this is more of an un-adjustment), while the K2's buttons click on the inside edge. I think I'm mostly used to the change in the buttons, but it is still weird every once in a while. Also, there is now a page back button on both the left and right hand sides. On the K2 the back button was on the left, and the button in that position on the right was the Home button. I'm still reaching for that right hand back button when I want Home.
I don't miss the keyboard at all. The only time I used it was when I would create a collection, and I'd type in the name. (TBR, freebies, read, etc.) Now there's a keyboard that pops up on the screen, and you use the up, down, left, right key to pick the letters one at a time. Tedious, but creating new collections isn't exactly a daily project.
The funny thing about the change in size and button location is that I sometimes try to navigate as if I'm reading on my Sony Pocket. They have 10 buttons down the right side that allow you to pick which book you want off the list. With the Kindle you still have to use navigation buttons at the bottom center of the device to pick your book. You basically do it the same way you do on the old Kindle, except the button is in a different place-- coincidentally the same spot that it's in on the Pocket, so that probably assists in the brain glitch.
So those are the things that are weird or different or that I just plain have to adjust to.
I'm loving that it is significantly lighter than the old Kindle. The screen looks really good, and even though the overall unit is much smaller the screen is the same size. The advanced e-ink gives a sharper image, and there's greater contrast between the text and the background, which makes it easier on the eyes. There's none of the screen "flash" that so many people hated in earlier versions. And it's much faster. Sometimes, with the old Kindle, I would give it a command-- click the Home button for instance-- and then I'd sit and wait. And wait. And WAIT for it to finally take me there. There's no waiting with the Penny. I hit the Home button, and I'm on the Home screen. No waiting. It's lovely. Even transferring stuff is faster. The K2 was on Whispernet (Sprint, I believe), and signal strength isn't always so great. Penny operates off of my home wifi, and so far it's worked like a dream.
To wrap up, there are some things that are different, and I'm adjusting. There are some other things that work really well-- better than my original-- and I'm thrilled about that. At 24 hours into our relationship (or 36-40 hours, whatever) I'm very happy with my purchase. And at $79 I feel it was an excellent deal.
Oh, and the lip balm of the day is: Gummy Bear. Yum!