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Always On: Torture Testing the original Kindle

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Always On: Torture Testing the original Kindle

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The original Kindle goes through the battery of Torture Tests and even gets a day at the pool. Will it survive?

-So we're gearing up to test the $79 Kindle. Now, if this survives the early rounds, we are gonna take it to its native environment, the pool. And I have to say this one's gonna be hard for me because I'm a Kindle fan and it has my name on it. Here we go. Time for the opposite of a day at the pool into the freezer. Two hours, now we wait. Let's rescue our Kindle. Hello, little buddy. Okay. We got some ice, some crystals. Something like- crystals are kind of pretty. Let's see if it turns on. The power button is frozen. It can't- it. The power button has not depressed. Oh dear. Oh, it's trying. It's trying. Look at the screen. So, it's sort of on. Clearly, the E Ink is just a little bit frozen. We'll let it thaw for about 30 minutes, see how it's doing before we cook it. The Kindle actually recovered very quickly from the cold test. Not a problem. Let's see how it does in the terrarium of death. It's 140 degree in there now. We'll leave it in for about an hour and I do expect it to get a little hotter in there. Put it again on the towels so the plastic doesn't melt. I want this to live 'cause I wanna go to the pool with it. Last [unk]. See you in an hour. The Kindle has had its day at the beach. Let's see how it's doing. I don't see any melting so that's a good sign. Oh, it is nice and warm in there though. It's not actually too hot to touch like some of our phones, probably it's not metal with them - metal parts are, but the plastic seems fine. Let's try to turn it on. No problem. Even easier than the cold. Kindle survives the heat test. It's kinda hot, though. -Now, the great thing about the Kindle is that it's E Ink screen is clearly visible in the sunshine which we thought has adjusted and obvious if somewhat luxurious water test. I'm just reading, floating, having my drink. Maybe a bee comes. Beat it, bee. No. Go. Get off. Where are you? Well, that is pretty far down there. Can I get an intern? Breath. Can you get this? The hair. Thanks. All right. Well, the screen is still on. Let's see if we can actually make it do anything. So no page turn buttons work. No go home. No menu. None, looks like even the Kindle is susceptible to water.

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