[Cdt-l] Cdt-l] Wifi only device on trail?

Jonathan Ley jonathan at phlumf.com
Mon Aug 27 09:28:29 CDT 2012

I've always thought a kindle (the original series, not the "fire") would 
make a really useful trail "companion"... It's very light, the screen is 
larger, you can read it in full sun, the battery lasts forever, and it's 
cheap. The kindle touch or 'keyboard" would seem best, and they come 
with 3G options as well (I'm not sure if you can enter text with the 
touch... any owners out there? Plus, I'm not sure how the e-mail 
capabilities are. It says these have an "experimental browser", but not 
sure if that'd work with various e-mail services.

One thing that would make these "killer", would be color e-ink... you 
could load your maps as a .pdf book (I think... not sure if you could 
zoom), and it could be your map as well (though, I'd be leery about 
using an electronic device as my only map). If you could make-do with 
b/w maps, it might even work as-is... but that'd be a problem in some 

Anyway, I don't own one (but do own an iPhone & iPad). I'd be curious to 
hear of anyone who has used a kindle on the trail & what their thoughts 



On 8/27/2012 6:37 AM, Josie wrote:
> I use an IPAD to journal--you can turn the brightness down to minimum and use very little energy. It’s a bit heavier than a notebook and because I bury it in my pack for protection it’s not as accessible as a notebook, but overall I find the bigger “keyboard” easier to use than a phone.
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