A few Kindle Paperwhite flaws

A few months ago I wrote this absolutely positive review of my Kindle Paperwhite. To be fair (nothing is flawless) now the time has come to mention a couple of things that made a not so good impression.

First stop: the settings menu.

It offers me to shop for new stuff, restart, reset, etc. Maybe the problem is not immediately evident, but notice how “Restart” and “Reset Device” are placed next to each other (both begin with the letters “Res”and contain a “t” at some point after). Surely many people have misread the second option as “Restart Device” and pressed it instead. Now I’m quite certain that after pressing “Reset” you’ll get a dialog box asking you if you were sure (actually I’ve never tried it, because I’m scared that no dialog will appear and all my settings will be lost). But what if you don’t read it? After all – you’re used to being asked to confirm a restart… The simplest solution is quite obvious – just place “Reset Device” as the last option or rephrase it.

Restart and Reset placed right next to each other.

Restart and Reset placed right next to each other.

Second problem: “Personal Info”

Now you have the chance to personalize your Kindle. There’s an option called “Personal Info” and the caption only tells you that it’s gonna be used to identify your device. Pressing it brings up a modal window where you can insert your personal information. OK, but still I don’t understand what this is for! Here the designers had the opportunity to write a few more lines and actually tell you where this is going to be used and what kind of information is expected to go there, but they missed it. Should I input my favorite color? Or maybe my bank account info?

What is the "Personal Info" for?!

What is the “Personal Info” for?!

Still those are relatively minor flaws which are not enough to change my opinion – it’s a wonderful device 🙂


Water resistant watches

Finally it’s time to resume my blog – too bad the inspiration came from an unfortunate event.

I was enjoying my time at the beach some days ago and decided to go for a swim. I had unintentionally taken my watch with me to the beach and didn’t want to leave it lying there, so I decided to swim with it – after all it says on the back it’s water resistant up to 5 atmospheres and I wasn’t going to dive 50 meters below the surface. Later during the day I noticed the glass had fogged up, but thought it’s kinda normal. Check out the picture below to see what awaited me the next morning – it had stopped and a beautiful orange rusty dot had appeared right in the middle.

Left: the rusty dot. Right: "Water resistant 5 ATM"

Left: the rusty dot. Right: “Water resistant 5 ATM”

I took it to the watchmaker and explained that I had taken a swim with my 5 atm. water resistant watch and the reply was simply “ARE YOU MAD?! THESE atmospheres are not like the OTHER atmospheres”. But my favourite was “Why didn’t you read the manual before swimming?” – oh yeah, I carry the manual for my watch and read it carefully every time I put it on!

Well I guess now it’s my fault the watchmakers use traditional units in a totally random (and deceiving to the normal user) manner. What’s the problem in using plain words to tell people what the watch can do, like “Suitable for swimming”, “Suitable for diving up to 10 meters”…

So here’s your takeaway message:

5 atm / 5 bar / 50 meters = you can wash your hands with it, but not swim
10 atm / 10 bar / 100 meters = you can swim, but not dive

RIP my love, I’ll never forget the last 8 years ;(