The all-new Kindle – Lighter, smaller, faster – 30% lighter ounces, less than 6 – 18% smaller body, same 6 “screen size – Fits in your pocket – Most advanced E Ink display, reads like paper – Built in Wi -fi – Get books in 60 seconds – Massive book selection, over 800 000 titles are $ 9.99 or Less – New – Borrow Kindle books from your public library
List Price: $ 79.00
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Fantastic device – pick your Kindle!,
This review is from: Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display (Electronics)
Having been a little overwhelmed by the choices between all the new Kindles and which one to get, I ordered this new basic Kindle first to take for a spin. So far, I like what I see. I also own a Kindle 3 so that’s the only device I can really compare it to at this time (I think a comparison between other tablets and this Kindle is meaningless, this device is all about content and delivery):
1. Form-factor – Compared to the Kindle 3, this Kindle feels more compact, lighter and easier to hold. My hands wrap around this better than K3. Reading books for a few hours at a stretch will be easier on this device compared to the K3. It is the lightest such device I have used compared to all previous Kindles and other tablets.
2. Screen – I personally like the fact that there are no keys on the device and that keys come up on the screen when you need them. Delivers a better overall reading experience. However, navigating through the on-screen keyboard with the 5-way controller can be taxing if you need to do a lot of searching, and you might miss the full physical keyboard. I hardly search on the Kindle itself, I search for books on my laptop so this is a non-issue.
3. Price! – At , you can’t go wrong. Compared to buying paperback or hardcover editions, you will recover the cost of this in a matter of a few months because most Kindle content is priced cheaper than print editions (and you get it instantly, and can access it wherever you are). Not to mention all the free Kindle downloads available in the catalog.
4. Display – almost the same E-ink display at the K3. No glare no reflection. You can sit in bright sunlight and read it just like a book. Page turns seem a lot faster on this compared to the K3. Screen size of the Kindle 3, this new Kindle, and the Touch is exactly the same in size.
5. Wi-Fi – this can be a pro or a con (no 3G) depending on a user’s personal preference. If you travel often and would like to be able to download content anywhere without worrying about getting a wi-fi connection, you’re better off sticking with the K3 or waiting for the Touch/Fire. For me, 3G is not a major issue.
6. Text to Speech and Audiobooks – These two features are lacking in this device. I personally have never used these features on my K3. If you listen to audiobooks or TTS or music on your Kindle, again the K3/Touch/Fire might be better options.
7. Storage – this device can store 2GB which they claim is approximately 1400 books. For me, that’s a massive storage capacity and it will be years before I get close to that capacity. Again, if you download books occasionally and have a moderate Kindle downloaded content on your device, 2GB is plenty. Of course, think ahead and see how much you would expect to download in the coming 2 years (I am assuming the device will be outdated and replaced within this time-frame).
8. Battery life – too early to tell but Kindle battery life tends to be great. Specs state that the battery life of this device is 1 month compared to 2 months for the Touch or K3. 1 month is plenty (Android phones need to be charged every hour!). At least I know that if I’m going on a long flight, this device won’t need charging if I charge it up in advance.
9. Power adapter – this Kindle does not come with a power adapter, only a USB charging cable. You can either buy it separately for -10, or use your existing USB power adapter. Any USB adapter would work with the charging cable (previous Kindle versions, Apple’s portable devices, and most HTC phones, come with a standard USB power adapter that would work for this device). There are also plenty of -3 adapters available here if you search for USB chargers.
Bottom line – the choice between this basic Kindle, the K3 Keyboard, the Touch, and the Fire is really a personal preference. This device itself is meant for the minimalist Kindle user who, like me, reads say a 2-3 books a month, wants a device comfortable to hold, and doesn’t need any fancy bells and whistles on the device. I guess it depends on what you use your Kindle for. If it’s just the basics, this is the perfect device to get.
In my humble opinion, the choices:
(i) If you have a DX or an old Kindle version, or if you don’t have a Kindle yet and are an average book-reader, this is definitely the one to get – baseline model that is affordable and is a pure e-reader.
(ii) If you have Kindle 3 and don’t really need an upgrade, I recommend sticking with the K3, it’s a better device than this one in terms of features. If you do need to upgrade, the Touch is probably a better option because of all the additional features, at a small incremental cost.
(iii) If you’re looking for the loaded full-on Amazon content experience with access to all the apps, streaming audio and video, and playing the “strangely therapeutic” Fruit Ninja, wait for the…
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Facts to Consider when Buying This Kindle Instead of Others,
This review is from: Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display – includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers (Electronics)
First off, I received my new Kindle this morning. I previously owned the Kindle Keyboard, but actually really didn’t like the keyboard or the way the buttons were pressed together. I’m not a fan of touch screens so I bought this one.
There are a few things to know about this particular Kindle that can help you decide if it’s right for you…
Here is a list of things to know about this Kindle.
1. You’ll be using an onscreen keyboard with the 5-Way Controller. This is not a problem for setting up WiFi and a little writing but if you are an avid note-taker or do a lot of writing with your Kindle, you might want to opt for the Kindle Keyboard.
As for reading, and as a pure reading device. It is awesome… in fact, without the keyboard, audio, and other features I don’t need. This is actually the best one for someone like me who just wants to read.
I’ve already successfully transferred my library, downloaded books over WiFi, and borrowed library books through the Overdrive Library eBooks System. My only small point of dissatisfaction is that there are so few good covers and accessories right now (though there ARE some available that look pretty good).
All in all, I believe this is the BEST of all the Kindles currently available. Only consider others if you:
Hope this helps someone make a good decision!
(Brief update: I love this Kindle, but right now the scarcity of good, inexpensive covers for it is a little troubling. The Amazon made leather one with light won’t be available until November or so and there are currently no inexpensive ones to use in the interim. I’ll just have to use it gently for a month or so.)
Update on cases:
Checking the specifications for the Kindle,
It looks like the Kobo is about exactly the same size and theTouch is slightly longer. If you need a case but can’t find one that you like yet, it may be worth a little hunting to see if a nook or kobo case or cover might fit the bill.
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Kindle Lite (Light?)…. Info you should have before you buy…,
This review is from: Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display – includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers (Electronics)
I received mine this morning… I have a K3 (Kindle Keyboard), and LOVE it! Best feature: fabulous screen. I wear glasses and can read on it for hours. I also enjoy a number of the games available on the K3. I ordered this Kindle owing to the weight, and the fact that I was told that it was the same screen and same clarity as my K3. My intent was to use the new device simply when I’m running around, since the K3 is somewhat cumbersome for that.
Here’s what I see on the new one:
SCREEN AND SCREEN CLARITY:
The screen appears to be more reflective, and “glare-y”. This surprised me. I was in my office earlier today, and unless I positioned the device correctly, the overhead lights obliterated the screen (as in it couldn’t be read at all in that position). I’ve never had this issue with my K3.
The contrast between the letters and background is not as sharp to me as the K3. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to live with this. Many reviewers have commented on the infrequent “screen refresh” which appears to speed up the page turns. I also think the letters appear to fade with each page turn prior to the refresh. ** Update: I just spent some time looking at this… the background of the screen on the K3 appears lighter than the new screen, so the contrast is not as crisp on the new screen. I often read the K3 at night in a dark room with an MEdge booklight. I don’t think I can do so on the new one. **
*** Update 10/3/11: After a few days of use, I’ve noticed lots of “ghosting” on the screen. When certain screensavers come on, you can see the letters on the screen from the page you just read through the screensaver image. I’ve shown this to two people who stated that it looked like the letters were burned into the screen. Also, within a page of a book, there are lines of text which appear lighter than the others (in one case, three lines in the middle of the page appeared faded…I believe this to also be a ghosting effect). In addition, some of the text appears to have faded tops, and “pixelated” images, appearing to be dotty. All in all, there is no comparison to the K3 screen…. the K3 is far superior. (By the way, this is after the software update which enabled screen refresh on each page).***
Also, font size has been changed in places where you cannot fix it (home page), and in some cases it is really tiny (like percent of the book read when you are reading).
If vision is an issue to you, heads up.
I called and asked before I purchased. I was told they would all transfer. NOT TRUE. In fact, the ONLY games which work are the ones provided by Amazon. Here’s what you should do if this is an issue to you:
Look at your account through your Manage Your Kindle screen. Scroll down and see how many of your games are labeled “Amazon Digital Services”. IF NOT, they will not download to this Kindle. Only 2 of my 15 games would download.
KEYBOARD / 5 WAY:
The keyboard is well designed and quick, however, it is a pain if you have to type anything, regardless of how short. Too cumbersome, and too many keystrokes involved.
The 5 way in my opinion is in the wrong place. Without a keyboard, this is “the key” for many functions. I have large hands, and have to stretch my thumb to reach it. After just sitting in Starbucks for 15 minutes registering my Kindle, my thumb was literally hurting from the reach and the constant pressing. You now need it for simple things like bookmarks: to bookmark, you have to press the menu key, scroll with the 5 way, press to add a bookmark.
Great. I throw this in my purse in a neoprene sleeve, and you don’t feel the weight.
I didn’t care, since my intent was only to use this device for running around. However, I only downloaded 25 items (of approx 300 on my device), and I noticed that I only have 1,295M remaining on the device (so .7G is already gone… not sure where!)
Wasn’t sure I’d like them. I’m OK with it on the screen saver…. not so much on the home page. I do find it distracting, and it did increase the length of my list (The device moved 2 entries per page to the next page to make room for the banner).
BUT: I just used my first offer and got a .00 mystery from an author I like for .00. Guess I’m going to live with the special offers.
The new screen savers were beautiful, though. I hated to lose them in favor of the special offers! (it would be nice to be able to rotate both!…. just a thought!)
I purchased this simply for running around, and the weight/size is great. The screen and the position of the 5 way will be the two deciding issues. If I find that I fatigue reading it, then it will have to go back. I’m also disappointed by the game…