Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
Newest Review: ... is incredible, so the battery life is a definite advantage. Buying books of Amazon was pretty simple, so long as you can connect your ... more
It's good but you can't beat the real thing
Amazon Kindle 3
Member Name: thefund
Amazon Kindle 3
Advantages: highlight text, make notes, easy to read, internet browser
Disadvantages: can't read in darker places, no new book smell!
I bought this and I did use it quite a bit and there are arguments for and against it. Obviously it is convenient in the way that you can carry round a whole library of books in one kindle that is lighter than just one book but a major disadvantage for me is that obviously you can't read it in the bath/pool which is where I do most of my reading! I guess I should have thought about that before buying it.
The design of the kindle is good, it is compact and the back is soft so it is comfortable to hold. The buttons, though small, are spaced far apart to ensure that you don't press the wrong one, so this really speeds up searches etc. because you don't need to worry about typos. My only really gripe with the design is the colour, which is a dull grey. Personally I would have preferred to see it in white or black but these colours are only available in the USA.
Actually using the kindle is very easy and there are a variety of features to make it easier to use, such as adjusting the font. You can also highlight words and add notes for later which is particularly useful if you are studying the books in question which as a student, I was, as I could then go back after reading and copy the notes I made into my work. The kindle is very easy to read and because there is no backlight it doesn't hurt your eyes even after long periods of time, although this does mean you cannot read it in the dark without a portable light/torch which can be frustrating. The kindle store is also very good and easy to use, and you can find a lot of the classics such as jane austen absolutely free and most other books are very cheap. You also have the option to have magazine/newspaper subscriptions and have them sent straight to your kindle. While this is a nice option to have, the subscription price tends to actually be more than a print subscription and of course you cannot view the pages in colour. In this case I prefer the print version because magazines and newspapers are quite hard to view.
A great additional feature in my opinion is the internet browser. At the moment this is only experimental and it isn't the easiest thing to use and of course doesn't match up to a tablet PC, but I did find it very useful when searching for references or researching the backgrounds of the authors and time periods for my essays. The browser is very basic but to have it on such a small and relatively cheap device is a brilliant feature. The battery life is also very good and one charge will easily last you a month or more.
In my opinion, there is nothing better than that new book smell and I do prefer reading real books, but I won't mark the kindle down for that as it is purely a matter of personal opinion. The kindle is really great at what it does, and for that I can hardly fault it. I would like to see an optional light built in for when reading in dark places, but the addition of the internet browser is really great and a lovely addition which I didn't know about before purchasing.
So, all in all, I prefer reading real books and that is why I sold on my kindle after finishing my studies of English Literature, but if you read a lot of books at once or are a student and want to make notes in your book but can't due to having to keep the book a "clean copy", and you want to be able to read, research and take notes on the go it really is an excellent companion!
Summary: An excellent gadget, but I prefer real books.
|Ease of use:|