Good afternoon, internet.  Today I have a question to ask.  And here it is: who remembers their walkman?  That’s a personal cassette player, not the popular beat combo.

*Waits for people under 20 to find something else to do*

Remember how long the batteries lasted on that thing?  Pure ages, that’s how long.  They were practically furry by the time you had to replace them, unlike these new fangled MP3 players and smartphones which you have to charge every flippin’ day.  What’s all that about, eh?  Ridiculous. 

But nevermind, for I am here to tell you that the battery life of the kindle is more akin to that of the walkman than the iPhone.  I know you’ve been on tenterhooks waiting to have this confirmed, and you’re welcome. 

However, as with so much in life, this longevity has both good points and bad points.

For instance, a good point: it saves you the sinking realisation as you run for the train or bus in the morning that you didn’t plug it in to charge last night, and will get a picture of a battery with a sad face when you switch it on.  Is there anything more heartbreaking than a battery with a sad face?  Please don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question.

A bad point: long battery life lulls you into a false sense of security in terms of charging other household items.  You start to assume everything will work all the time, cause your kindle is still on… but this is not the case.  One thing leads to another, you forget how to plug stuff into the wall, and eventually there’s just you and your kindle alone in a darkened room with a candle that’s about to burn out and the battery on 3%.  What will you do when it runs out and the candle is extinguished?  Cry, I expect. 

I assume the reason the battery lasts so well is because it doesn’t have much to do; the internal workings of a kindle seem comparatively low maintenance in comparison with a phone or tablet that’s constantly downloading news, showing you emails, playing music, tracking buses and suggesting that you need to spend a little bit more time trying to complete Angry Birds cause there’ll be another one out soon.  It remains to be seen whether the Amazon tablet achieves the same feat, although I don’t see how they’ll manage it without resorting to magic…

Unless of course they go back to basics.  For you see, the battery life of a traditional book is much longer than any kindle or tablet – a hardback’ll last a couple of hundred years if you look after it properly.  Aaah.

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