Our Kindle review reveals that the Kindle is still the eReader King
It’s not impossible to find a Kindle review these days, considering that there are plenty of models or versions for you to choose from.
To give you an idea, take Kindle 3 for example, which is sometimes called Kindle 3 or Kindle Keyboard. It’s known as such because of the presence of a full physical keyboard.
You also have Kindle DX, which is the biggest among the Kindle series with a 10 inch screen display.
The latest hit is the Amazon Tablet PC the Kindle Fire; but it still acts as an e-book reader since you can download thousands of books, magazines, periodicals, and blogs among others.
Then there’s Kindle Touch (read our Kindle touch review…), which features a full-fledged multi-touch screen that has no physical buttons at all.
But before they came about, there was the original Kindle. Perhaps this is the most basic option out there, but then again, a lot of the welcomed changes we’ve seen with the Kindle series over the years could be attributed to the successes and flaws of the first one.
Today our Kindle review will take a look at the latest Kindle, which came out in 2011 and has undergone further modifications in order to cater to the needs concerns of its users.
Let’s begin our Kindle review by discussing the e-book reader’s features. Physically, it is small at 6.5 inches in length, 4.5 inches in width, and 0.34 inches thick. It features an E Ink® display with a screen resolution of 600 by 800 and 16-level gray scale. The Kindle belongs in the featherweight division of eReaders, weighing in at only 5.98 ounces (170g).
Unlike most of the Kindle readers, this version doesn’t have a 3G model available, but you can download all your favorite e-books and surf the Internet using Wi-Fi. It sports a 2GB internal storage which can hold up to 1400 books and more storage is available with the Amazon cloud.
Upsides and features
The Kindle review uncovers that the greatest charm of this Kindle is its simplicity and portability. It looks very stylish and even futuristic, but book lovers know better. What’s really essential is the quality of the e-book reader and emphasis on form factor or built only comes in second or is not important at all.
Physically, this Kindle is around 30 percent lighter and 10 percent smaller and much faster than the original one. Making this eReader comfortable to hold and convenient to carry around. It should definitely reduce hand fatigue from prolonged use.
The reader definitely disappoints in this category. In fact, 2GB is the smallest you will find in any Kindle. However, even the most voracious reader would discover he cannot fill it up within a month or two since it can hold up to 1400 books, but add some pictures and documents and you can run out of space quickly. Amazon does make up up for it by giving users a free unlimited cloud backup. It can basically store unlimited books, magazines, and periodicals, as long as the content is from Amazon. Even if you delete them from your e-book reader, you can still get them back at no cost to you.
Speaking of cost, this eBook reader is the cheapest Kindle available at $79 with Special Offers (meaning ads displayed on the screen). With a price like that, it makes a perfect present for the Holidays or any special occasion. Now to some these special offers can be annoying, depending on how you see it. So far, though, some users have learned to appreciate their presence. Many have got great bargains on some of the best titles, for example. They are not as intrusive as one might think. But if you don’t want ads, for $109 you can get the Kindle ads free, might be worth the extra $30.
It connects via Wi-Fi, which shouldn’t be an issue at all since there are countless hotspots all over the country and, in fact, the world. Even coffee shops have them now. Though slower than 3G and less dependable, it still allows you to download an eBook within 60 seconds. Most of all, Wi-Fi gets rid of teetering, meaning you don’t have to connect your device to your PC or laptop to move books and files.
Whispersync technology remembers where you left off in your book and syncs all your devices, so that you can pick up a different device and continue reading where you left off in the previous one.
The battery life is currently pegged at a month, which is at least 30 days shorter than that of Kindle Touch. However, a month is not bad at all. The battery can be fully recharged in just 3 hours. The battery doesn’t get hot like a laptop does, ensuring you a long reading experience.
You can now choose form a wide array of language options such as English (US and UK), German, French, Spanish, Italian, or Brazilian Portuguese.
Kindle also offers faster page turns, the five-way controller that gives you more power over the device, and access to over a million titles. You can also use the network to borrow books from your public library. You can change text size and read in portrait or landscape mode. It comes with an experimental Web-Kit browser. The reader supports a wide range of document formats such as txt, PDF, DOC, DOCX and HMTL. The following picture formats are also supported JPEG, GIF and PNG.
Like any Kindle review, it’s important we don’t play favorites. We should also let you know the limitations and potential challenges you’re going to meet if you’re going to buy this.
One of its setbacks is the lack of audio. It doesn’t have a speaker or even an audio jack. Meaning you cannot count on it to listen to audiobooks or Podcast. You wouldn’t be able to play background music while reading.
There are also some users who do prefer 3G over Wi-Fi. If not, they want to have both. 3G, after all, is a lot faster, more secure and readily available.
The virtual keyboard works well, but it may sometimes cause frustration especially if you’re trying to type lengthy notes or annotations. The five-way controller can also be a hassle and may be viewed as unnecessary since there’s already a multi-touch Kindle version available.
Our Kindle Review concluded that the Kindle is bare and lacks some features and functions others have, but the omission may be intentional. Amazon simply wants you to appreciate the joy of reading anywhere you are in the world. With an incredible price of $79 you really can’t ask for more. It is an excellent eBook reader.
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