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Updated Review on Oct 6, 2019:After nearly a year of using it, I noticed that the issues I mentioned in the original review were largely negligible while reading. The pinhole near the corner was never bothersome because I’d have to remember to look very closely to see it. The battery can last for a long time during hibernation, even for many many weeks if not used. I also hardly remember to notice the uneven screen color temperature. The only thing that’s still a bit inconvenient is the glare. When near a window I’d have to adjust my reading angle to avoid the glare. It’s something hard to overcome with a digital device and it’s not a big compromise for light-weight and convenience. Therefore please take my original review below with a grain of salt, I was nitpicking on a device that I had a lot of expectations for. I also decided to change the 3 stars to 4 stars.Original review on Nov 12, 2018 (with updates on Jan 26, 2019):I have owned a Kindle Paperwhite since 2014. I really liked that old one and gifted it away a while ago. Perhaps I have had too much expectation for this new 2018 version (waited for many months for the release), I felt quite disappointed with a few of its issues.First I must be clear that I am a fan of e-books, and I think Kindle Paperwhite has always been a nice device, light, easy to use, easier on the eyes than an LCD screen, easy to look up words, etc. I also used a Kindle Oasis for a couple of days, I don’t feel comfortable with the hard slick aluminum back, and its front lights are located on the sides, so the slight uneven light can be observed from left to right; while for Paperwhite with bottom lights, the unevenness is from top to bottom, meaning within each text line, the light is usually even, therefore less distracting to reading.Here comes the new 2018 Paperwhite:I like the screen is flat with the bezels now. However, both the first device I received and the subsequent replacement have a bright pinhole dot under the screen (see photos). It’s like a piece of tiny defect or dust above the e-ink text and located in the light distribution layer (my guess). When the front light is adjusted to a high level, the dot becomes quite bright and distracting. I was surprised the second device had the same issue (just my luck or something else is going on here?), but because it’s near the corner, I decided to live with it. This pinhole bright spot issue apparently can be found on the previous generations as well based on many reviews, I am just astonished Amazon hasn’t fixed it.Also, I don’t know what happened with the charging cable, it took me a lot of effort to plug it into the device, and pull it out, it’s like as if the connectors are not made well.(Update Jan 26, 2019: the difficulty of plugging in the cable only occurred during the first couple of uses, it became normal and smooth later.)Also, the screen feels easier to smudge than my old Paperwhite. The texts appear slightly blurrier where there are fingerprints.Another issue is that the screen has a ton of reflection from bright windows or light sources (please see my photo, taken under an east-facing window in the afternoon). I don’t remember if it has always been like this or it’s because of the new screen update. Even with the window blinds shut, I had to tilt Kindle to certain angles to avoid the glare, albeit softer than on an LCD screen, still quite distracting. Under the same lighting, a real paperback has no reflection glare issues.Furthermore, when front light is on and when external ambient light is somewhat dim, my replacement Kindle Paperwhite appears a bit yellower near the bottom, especially on the left side, it’s distracting but hopefully, I’ll get used to it. It’s like real paper books getting old and parts of pages turning yellow—I try to convince myself.(Update Jan 26, 2019: other reviewers have mentioned issues with poor battery life. My experience is similar that if I don’t use it for a few hours, even with WiFi turned on, the device will enter something like a hibernation mode, which requires a bit more time to wake up, but it allows the battery to last for many weeks if left on the shelf. If I read about 1-2 hours a day with wifi on, the battery drains very quickly, and will hardly last beyond a week. However, If you keep airplane mode on during reading, it will significantly conserve battery, the only inconvenience is that if you don’t know a word and the dictionary also doesn’t have it, which is quite likely the case, Wikipedia won’t be able to show up without WiFi.)Perhaps I’m just asking too much for a digital device. Overall, it’s still a great device to read books, and Amazon still provided a fast replacement when I asked. However, with these experiences, I can no longer swear to e-readers. I don’t write reviews often, but I feel strongly about this product and sincerely hope it will help fellow costumers and help Amazon improve their devices. If you own an earlier Paperwhite and it’s still functional there is no compelling reason to buy the Gen 4 ”All-New” Paperwhite ( Amazon misleadingly refers to this as ”10th Generation”. It’s a 10th generation Kindle e-reader but only the 4th generation Paperwhite ) unless a limited degree of water resistance (not waterproof as they claim) is important to you or you want Bluetooth capability for Audiobooks. Neither of these are remotely important nor needed by me in an e-reader and Audiobooks are handled better by smaller, lighter and less power hungry devices. The additional storage is coals to Newcastle as Amazon’s cloud can hold any overstorage needs an owner has. Personally, I don’t know anyone who has ever run out of onboard storage on any Kindle, including the very first keyboard models, despite loading them with hundreds of books. The much touted, by Amazon, thinness and lightness of this edition is, in my opinion, overblown. Yes it is slightly thinner and slightly lighter but not paradigm changing. Also beware: the supplied micro USB cable packaged with mine will not fit into the device, maybe yours will. All in all I find it breathtakingly stupid and/or venal of Amazon to ship a device so poorly engineered and quality controlled as to not have a functional charging cable. I bought this Kindle solely to replace a Gen 3 whose battery was failing. Amazon took every other Paperwhite edition off the website and left no choice but this one at $10 more than the previous edition. It’s a Kindle, it’s fine, but it’s no game changer. If you buy it thinking it is I think you’ll be disappointed. I love Kindle, have always had one since the first edition. This is my third PaperWhite version of the Kindle. The battery life is non-existent. If you leave the WiFi option on, it drains the battery life within 9-10 hours even if you are not using the device. If you disable the WiFi, the battery life lasts a bit longer (approx 3-days) using the device 2-3 hours a day. The low rating is because of the very low battery life and inability to keep WiFi on all the time. Otherwise, my Kindle is my best friend. I most likely will return it because of the lack of battery longevity.
Style:Roomba E5 The Roomba e5 Robot Vacuum is packed with performance for powerful pickup. The premium 3-Stage Cleaning System cleans the dirt and pet hair you see—and the allergens and dust you don’t. Intelligent sensors guide the robot throughout your home, navigating under and around furniture to help thoroughly clean your floors. Just press CLEAN or schedule Roomba on the go with the iRobot HOME App.
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In years past we have owned a couple of different Roomba vacuums. Back then the biggest problems with them was their relative high maintenance, small capacity for vacuumed debris, and inability to navigate in areas where things were on the floor, especially extension cords. The last one we owned was many years ago, so I ordered this Roomba e5 model to see if anything has improved over the years.This vacuum arrives very nicely and securely packaged. There is really nothing to assemble. You just plug in the base unit (charger) and set the vacuum on it. The manual recommends letting it charge for at least 3 hours before using the vacuum for the first time. It is also recommended to download the iRobot Home app for your smart phone or tablet as it enables you to easily register your new Roomba, walk you through getting it connected to your Wi-Fi home network, and configure it as desired. It’s worth noting that you do not have to download the app to make the Roomba work, but the app enables you to do things like schedule vacuuming, see remaining battery life, track usage, etc. that cannot be done without the app. I found it was very easy to get the vacuum connected to my Wi-Fi network, and using the app is quite intuitive.After fully charging the vacuum and getting it set up through the iRobot app I used it to clean our master bedroom. We have six indoor cats, and it gets very dirty under our king sized bed, so I was very interested to see how the vacuum would perform. I set up the charging base in the bedroom, closed the bedroom door, and activated the vacuum with the app. It took about 45 minutes to finish vacuuming, and when I went back into the bedroom it was sitting on the charging dock recharging itself. The debris bin, which is quite a bit bigger than the older Roombas we have owned, was packed full of cat hair and debris. It was very easy to remove from the vacuum, empty, and replace. There is a small air filter in one end of the bin that is easily accessed, and the manual advises replacing it every couple of months. The multi-surface brushes on the bottom of the vacuum are easy to access, remove for cleaning purposes, and replace as needed.Battery life is a consideration. The battery will power the vacuum for about 90 minutes, which is about how long it takes to vacuum our master bedroom and our large master bathroom. So it will not likely last long enough to vacuum your entire home on one charge. In our case we have a second Roomba to vacuum the rest of our ground floor, which is an additional 600 square feet. It’s something to keep in mind, though, if you have a lot of square footage to vacuum.Overall, I like this newer Roomba model. It is clearly an improvement over our older models. It does a nice job of cleaning our hardwood floors, and I especially like the larger debris bin. The vacuum did not get stuck while cleaning like our older ones sometimes did, although you still need to pick items up off the floor before using it, especially any electrical cords. The app stores data about the cleaning job the vacuum performs including when the job was done and how long it took. If you have tile or hardwood flooring in your home, this iRobot Roomba is definitely worth consideration.I try to write informative product reviews. If you have found my review to be useful, please let me know by clicking on the “Helpful” link. Update: I took my review down from fives stars to four stars - I cannot use the scheduled cleaning function with the Roomba because it has gotten stuck or unable to make it back to home base every single time. So, we need to use the Roomba while someone is here for the inevitable rescue.__I was a Roomba doubter. It seemed ridiculous, expensive and gimmicky. So, when I was offered a chance to use one of these gizmos, I jumped at it - mainly to prove my theory they aren’t needed. Plus, right out of the box, my cat absolutely detested it, hissed, puffed up and generally ran around in a state of terror.Whelp…more than a week later, I am in love. Never saw it coming. Our Roomba even has a name now - Emily - courtesy of my daughters. The cat has also been won over - coming from wherever she is napping to follow Emily around on her cleaning cycle. Entertainment for lazy house cats…apparently an unadvertised bonus? Here’s how we fell in love:-Don’t ask me if the Roomba has a pattern, she seems pretty drunk to me, but there is some method to the madness, because she does end up in all of the rooms and ends up picking up a lot of junk on the floor (before the Roomba we thought we were good housekeepers - apparently not).-She’s smart - she has built in sensors so she doesn’t slam into walls or fall down stairs. She slows down if she senses she is approaching something she might run into.-The Roomba phone app is fantastic, you can set a cleaning schedule and do all sorts of other cool things remotely from your phone._This Roomba is specifically designed with pet hair in mind. As you can see from the photos - she picks up alot. This was after we had vacuumed recently.-She holds a decent charge - over a hour and a half before needed to recharge again.Here’s some lessons learned:-She is a huge fan of Barbie hair and will suck up the hair of any doll on the floor, usually leading to a haircut for Barbie to get her out of the Roomba’s jaws. Same thing goes for mini blind cords, My Pretty Pony, etc.-If you pick the Roomba up and move it during the cleaning cycle, it will not find the Home Base when the Dock button is pressed, unless it is placed facing the Home Base within 6 ft (1.8 m) of the Home Base.Based on all the stuff she’s vacuumed up in recent weeks, I can’t thank her enough.