The third generation of Amazon's Kindle weighs less than a paperback, offers a higher contrast screen, Wi-fi access to over 700,000 titles and an improved battery life. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey find out if the new eReader brings the $140 Kindle to the top of the list!
What You Need to Know
The newest Kindle is the smallest eReader we've reviewed so far at almost half the thickness of the Nook.
It weighs about 8 oz., which is a little less than the Nook and a lot less than the iPad.
It is easy to hold for long periods of time.
The device also has the same size e-ink screen as the Nook (6”).
You can read it in direct sunlight with no problem.
It has no expandable memory, but has 4 GB of storage (about 3,500 books).
Sometimes when you pick it up, you'll bump the page-turn buttons.
The directional pad works extremely well, especially when compared with the old Kindle.
Page turns, loading screens, and general use is a lot quicker.
Options like turning on Wi-Fi or shopping in the store are easy to get to
The keyboard is also well laid out and simple to type with.
There's also very little disconnect between when you press a button and when the screen reacts like there is with the touch screen on the Nook.
Overall, this has the best interface of any eReader we've tested.
As far as features go, it has access to the Kindle store, text to speech, and a web browser among others.
The Kindle store is well laid out and has over 700,000 titles available for purchase; prices have come down a little, so now there are about 550,000 titles under $10.
Text to speech works pretty well and sounds relatively natural.
The web browser is still experimental and a little tough to use, but it'll do if you want to browse Wikipedia or something like that.
They also just started supporting games like Scrabble; surprisingly, these are easy and fun to play, even on an e-Ink screen.
It features an MP3 player and PDF reader, but it doesn't support free e-Pub format and there’s no lending books like with the Nook either.
It’s $140 for the Wi-Fi version and $190 for the 3G and Wi-Fi version.