Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
Newest Review: ... £60 from Amazon, as there are many more advanced Kindles in the brand now. My Kindle 4 does have some drawbacks. If your battery is low... more
If you like books then you'll love this
Amazon Kindle 4
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Amazon Kindle 4
Advantages: Light weight, Good Battery Life, Easy to read
Disadvantages: Typing is Tedious, The web browser is horrible to use
I recieved my Kindle for christmas in 2011, and so after a few months of use I feel I can give it a review.
---In the box---
The packaging for the Kindle is incredibly basic, and in todays eco-conscious society that is not necessarily a bad thing. Its brown cardboard box looks similar to the stadard packaging used by Amazon, open it up there lies the Kindle in a white cardboard tray. Lift the kindle out and you'll find a USB charger and a small instruction book. Thats it, as I said... Basic.
The kindle is extremely simple to start up, after pressig the on button on the base to start it up you asked to sync it with your Amazon account and set up a wifi connection. You are also given your unique kindle email address (XXXX@Kindle.com) this can then be used to send text documents straight to your kindle. It was the start up that I noticed one of the few minor flaws of the Kindle flaw,and that is typing. If you buy the kindle 4 over the keyboard version the you are most likely aware that it will be more difficuly to type and are not too bothered. Although tedius, it is not a major issue as you are likely to do little typing on it.
Perhaps the most important factor, seeing how its and e-reader. The kindle is a delight to use, it is very comfortable to hold and the display really is like reading ink on paper, and so far I have experienced no problems with ghosting. The screen is easy to read in direct sun light and causes no eyestrain like when reading a backlit screen. For going forward and backwards in the book there are two buttons of either side, so it doesn't matter if you're right or left handed. There are also a variety of pre-installed dictionaries on the kindle that allow you look up words while reading using the 5 way controller. Another nice feature is the ability to highlight sections of text that are then saved to "my clippings". As well as highlighting the parts that you like, you also have the option of he seeing what other people have highlighted.
The kindle supports a variety of different text formats which means that you are not just restricted to buyig your books from amazon. eBooks can be downloaded on your PC and then either emailed to the kindle or simply drag and drop when connected bu USB. The easiest way however, is by using the built in Kindle store. This is accessable from the settings menu and you can then browse books and buy them within a few clicks. Amazon also allows you to download a preview (usually the first chapter) before purchasing.
The Browser is really for novelty purposes than for serious web browsing. Combined with the difficulty of typing and e ink screen that has to refresh every time you move the cursor, the Kindle really is not made mor web browsing.
The kindle really is perfect for travel! For a start it is much lighter and thinner than the 1200 books that you could have stored on it! Secondly the battery does last a great deal of time. In our society of mobile phones that need charging everyday it really nice to almost never have to charge your kindle! The battery life is estimated at one month (based on half an hour of reading time a day) which means it can easily endure long flight or car journey of non-stop reading.
The Kindle really is excellent as replacement for physical books. It is easy to read, comfrotable to hold and you don't have to worry about the battery dying on you. The only areas that the kindle falls down in are the typing and the web browsing, however these are minor parts of the kindle's functionality.
Summary: Excells in everything that matters
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