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 🙂


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