13 August 2009

How does the Kindle hold up in hot weather?

A little Kindle experiment for the day. Today was a relatively normal day in Iraq--a little bit cooler than it had been in June, but still relatively warm. Anyway, here's a look at the FAT--Free Air Temperature--gauge. For those of you who aren't on the metric system (all of us Yanks), 42 degrees Celcius roughly equates to 108 degrees Farenheit. Again, this certainly isn't the hottest Iraq gets, but it's good enough for our purposes.

Anyway, I pulled out the Kindle and--what do you know--it works just fine. I've used it in far hotter temperatures (closer to 50 degrees Celcius) and there's no real damage. The only issue I have occurs when I place it in direct sunlight, and the ink seems to fade a bit. But that's fixed by just bringing it in the shade and letting it cool a bit.

Anyway, what would I be reading on my Kindle on a day like today? Take a look...
Why, it's David Kilcullen's excellent book on counterinsurgency, The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One.

1 comment:

Rick Reeder said...

Hey Starbuck - I have a buddy in Afghanistan and we were thinking we might send him a Kindle. Can you get connectivity on any cell network? WiFi? Is that a good gift idea for someone fighting terrorists??