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Amazon Kindle eReader Review

Posted: October 12, 2010
Amazon Kindle eReader Review
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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.

Price

  • It’s $140 for the Wi-Fi version and $190 for the 3G and Wi-Fi version.

Overall Rating

  • 5 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • This is the best eReader we've reviewed, and it's finally a reasonable price.
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  • mtmichael

    What about reading image PDFs, my nook has problems with that?

    Posted: October 18, 2010 4:32 PM
    mtmichael
  • Ricky_D

    @ Blue_Vortex, the screen is using e-ink technology. And they are working on a color e-ink display for e-readers. The claim at the moment is that there should be a color e-reader by the end of this year or the beginning of 2011.

    Before I buy any sort of e-reader there has to be two things added: 1) the ability to support color (which should be coming very soon) and 2) More textbooks/historical books! I am so sick and tired of not finding any of my school books in electronic format! When these e-readers started to first become big hype everyone was claiming that these were going to replace school books. Since then I have still yet to find any of the books I've needed for my classes in electronic format.

    So until they are in color and there are more books in my field of study available in electronic format I won't be getting an e-reader.

    Posted: October 17, 2010 9:17 AM
    Ricky_D
  • Blue_Vortex

    Does anyone know what the name of the type of tech used for the screen is? I want to look up if there are anyone researching the ability to add some form of color.

    Posted: October 14, 2010 12:23 PM
    Blue_Vortex
  • mrjlharrison

    The day this aired on AOTS, October 12th is my 9 year wedding anniversary. My wife, whom I force to watch the Attack with me, is usually reading during the show anyways. So this year she gets the brand new Kindle for a gift. BOOM! She loved it, jaw dropping excitement. She wanted one for a while, but i kept saying it wasn't ready for primetime and too pricey.

    Then, like magic, the Kid K-Peezy comes on and reviews the "best e-reader we've ever seen" BAMF!! Thanks for making me look like hero/genius.

    How'd the rest of the anniversary go?...5 Seals of Approval Out of 5!

    My wife says shout outs to Liv Munney

    Posted: October 14, 2010 9:16 AM
    mrjlharrison
  • Notafanboythatiknow

    Cool; I am considering getting one. I like books, but I do not have enough space for paperbacks.

    Posted: October 13, 2010 7:38 PM
    Notafanboythatiknow
  • Tmidiman

    Actually iPad and Kindle work great together. They sync to each other and both remember where you left off on the other. Apple did a good job integrating it with iBooks.

    Posted: October 13, 2010 4:43 PM
    Tmidiman
  • JustTheBeginning

    I am really glad Kindle survived the iPocalypse (see what I did there). It really is a useful product with a much more affordable price tag.

    Posted: October 13, 2010 3:01 PM
    JustTheBeginning
  • esmilodonte

    quiero que ella me abrace

    Posted: October 12, 2010 10:33 PM
    esmilodonte
  • mikeyme626

    LOL Kevin got sick owned in the beginning...

    Posted: October 12, 2010 9:42 PM
    mikeyme626
  • J_Boolihans

    i have one of these. review was spot on

    Posted: October 12, 2010 9:37 PM
    J_Boolihans
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