Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Amazon Kindle 4
Member Name: Kahdeksantoista
Amazon Kindle 4
Date: 07/05/12, updated on 16/05/12 (41 review reads)
Advantages: Saves space, saves time, saves money and paper.
Disadvantages: Costly initial purchase (but worth it) and all your books are in one place (good and bad).
I have been an avid reader since I was young. Lately, I have moved around a lot and there's two of us, but most of the boxes we heaved from house to house before finally settling were of MY books. Books from my childhood, books I loved, books I thought I needed but never read...
I was dubious about readers at first, but now I wouldn't be without mine. They are big space savers. I do not like becoming reliant on technology and a book is a book, the entire world has used them for centuries. You cannot just usurp books!
I have the Kindle 4 WiFi. My first reader was another popular make, but connecting my reader to download a book after browsing multiple sites for ages got a bit tedious - I rarely used it. I remember people whining on about how a person is tied to buying from Amazon after buying a Kindle. That was the only reason I did not buy one before. I can tell you, at Amazon's prices you will not give a monkey's that you have to buy from them only.
It comes in a box made of recycled cardboard - a quick start guide, USB and the Kindle itself are what's inside (and possibly something about warranty). To save paper - the user guide is on the first screen you will see when the Kindle turns on. The Kindle 4 is the same size as your average paperback book - 16.6 cm by 11.4 cm by 0.87cm (not even a cm thick). As far as I am aware the Kindle 4 is only available in its neutral silvery grey - kind of pearlescent. You will even be asked to name your Kindle. In the top corner it will say 'Bob's Kindle' or 'Louise's Kindle' - depending on what your name is.
The function of the screen is quite hard to describe. The battery lasts so long. The readers do not use battery life when displaying a page. They use battery when connected to the internet, downloading or page turning. If you were to be reading with the internet off, for example, and you left your reader on for a week, no battery power would be used. The screen uses a similar principle to displaying a picture on an Etch-a-Sketch. The text is just as sharp as on a book and the text can be enlarged for those optically challanged.
The Kindle sports a square main button at the bottom. The top, bottom, left and right outline of the square button is used as a directional button. The centre is a selecting button. To the right side of the button is the home screen button which takes you back to your list of books. Also on the right of the square is a menu button: press this and it gives you the option to turn the internet connection on, shop in the Kindle store, read the book description, search the book, add a bookmark, change the font size and view the notes and marks. To the left size of the square is the keyboard button, use this button for inputting text to write notes, search for something within a book and search for books within the Kindle store. Further to the left is the 'back' button. If you've selected a few fuctions after another, simply press this button to work your way back to a particular page.
The page turning is very fast - there's no time to wait and it is faster or, at the very least, the same length of time as turning an actual page yourself. The page turning buttons are up the side of this Kindle. The right side has a forward and back button, as does the left side. This is great if you are laying on one arm and are reading with the other and cannot be bothered to turn the page with your obviously numb arm. You may automatically think the corresponding button on the right to the one on the left will turn the page the opposite way to the button on the other side. I did this at the start and I found myself three chapters ahead when I thought I was going back pages! You do get used to it, though. The page turn buttons are also used to flit backwards and forwards through your pages of books (not the directional buttons).
The usability is incredible. I did not have to consult the manual or the quick start guide - EXCEPT to turn it on properly using the correct procedure that first time.
The memory is 2GB, or up to 1400 books - but who has that many?
The battery life boasts a whopping month without WiFi on. Remember, when you are not downloading a book TURN THE WiFi off! The battery is not half as impressive with it on!
Amazon have a huge and ever-expanding library of books. You will not be limited for choice. The Kindle store is self-explanatory and it is very easy to download 300+ page novels for 99p each. If you finish one book and love it, buying the second one does not require waiting for the post or trip to the shop. Simply download the next book, or any book!
Compare these prices (KINDLE PRICE FIRST) -
Sick Notes (Tony Copperfield)- a GP's account of the true stories from within a surgery - £1.75 OR £6.56 brand new paperback/hardback with free postage OR £2.64 used paperback/hardback with £2.80 postage.
Writing a UCAS Personal Statement in Seven Easy Steps (Julia Dolowicz) - £3.42 OR £6.79 brand new paperback/hardback with free postage OR £4.79 used paperback/hardback with £2.80 postage.
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson) - £2.70 OR £4.49 brand new paperback with free postage OR £0.01 used paperback with £2.80 postage.
The only problem I have encountered so far is getting the screensaver off. The screensaver is an e-ink photo that appears after a period of non-usage. Simply press the small rectangular button next to the USB port to return to the page your were reading or the screen you were on. It is as simple as that, but I had one episode of trouble getting it off the screen. I pressed it and the light at the bottom flickered to show I pressed it but nothing happened. I tried again with no luck. I started to worry but the screen took me back to my book, eventually. I have only had this problem once, and I hope it was the last.
It also takes about 3-4 hours to charge the battery from flat.
Currently priced at £89 for the WiFi version with a 6" display. Insurance for this gadget on its own can be from as little as £2.50 a month. They are available nationwide - from Amazon and a lot of electronics shops.
Summary: Definitely a space saving money saver.
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