Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Kindle-my new best friend!
Amazon Kindle 3
Member Name: lauz1904
Amazon Kindle 3
Advantages: Lightweight, easy to use, cheaper books
Disadvantages: Initially expensive
Originally, I was very sceptical when Amazon announced their Kindle and was reluctant to buy one for several months due to the high price compared to a normal paperback book. I eventually gave into the temptation upon advice from friends and family and got myself one last year and I can definitely say it has been one of my best purchases!
Firstly, I found it very easy to set up which is always a bonus as you don't want to be messing around for hours before you can actually use your new gadget! You simply have to register using an Amazon username and password and set it up with a debit card in order to start purchasing books. The rest of the navigation on the Kindle is also really simple and easy to follow, although it should be noted that there is a comprehensive user guide included too if needed.
I love reading, particularly on my daily train commute to work and on holidays and this has made it so much easier. The Kindle is probably around the same size as a normal book but the difference is how thin and lightweight it is. It weighs less than 250g so is less of a strain on the hand and wrist so much more comfortable to hold for long periods of time than a normal paperback would be. Being thin too means it is easy to carry around with you wherever you go barely noticing it at all! I have found this particularly useful when going on holiday as before I would take 4/5 books away with me which not only took us space but also too much of the stingy weight allowance airlines give you!
One of my reservations with the Kindle was that it wouldn't look or feel the same as reading a standard book. Obviously, it isn't exactly the same but the makers have simulated it very well in terms of the screen looking like proper pages in an actual book and in fact, turning the pages is even easier than with a conventional book, with a single tap of the button on the side of the screen doing the job. Also, you will never lose your page with a Kindle (which I forever found myself doing with a normal book) as it keeps the page you were last on no matter how many books you are reading at once! Another point to mention is that it is not just books that you can access on the Kindle but also magazines and newspapers too which I think is a good feature.
Other features the Kindle provides is the ability to load music onto the device which is also useful for on holiday as it means you only need to carry one thing around that allows you to read but also listen to music. You can also bookmark/leave notes on pages as well as highlight words for their meanings which both have been useful for me while I have been reading books for my studies. Also, when I was buying my Kindle, there was emphasis on the fact that it had 3G as well as Wi-Fi access. After having this feature, I don't really see the point as I have a Wi-fi connection at home so have never needed the 3G as I don't see why you would need to buy a book so urgently that it couldn't wait! But I suppose if you don't have wi-fi at home then it would be useful, I just saw it as unnecessary feature adding expense.
As I said earlier though, my main reason for not wanting a Kindle originally was the price (£149) which I thought was a lot when I was just comparing it to a £15 book. But I can honestly say I now think the opposite and think that the Kindles are well worth their money. They can store up to 3,500 different titles and you can get decent ones from as little as £1 or even some are free so it will definitely pay for itself in no time.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the Kindle to anybody who enjoys reading. It makes life so much easier and I couldn't live without mine now!
Summary: Definitely recommend this product-makes reading so much easier and more enjoyable!
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