Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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My favourite piece of technology!
Amazon Kindle 4
Member Name: charlpears
Amazon Kindle 4
Advantages: light, holds over 1000 books, user friendly
Disadvantages: maybe not the same as holding a real book
The adverts for the Kindle 4 came out a couple of months before my birthday and after some research I decided I really wanted one as a present. I'm a huge book lover and my only concern was that reading on the Kindle just wouldn't be the same. As soon as I got it and started using it all my concerns went out of the window! Although I think I'll probably pick up a "real" book now and again just because it's nice to feel the book in your hands I definitely don't miss it as much as I thought I would.
The Kindle is so easy to use, you can either have books delivered straight to your device via wi-fi, but as my wireless internet at home isn't great I choose to transfer mine via USB which is so easy to do. You can keep your books in "collections" although if you transfer a whole folder from your laptop beware that it will not keep it in those folders!
The key features which I love about the Kindle are the progess bar at the bottom, showing how far along in the book you are, and also for some books shows how far to the next new chapter, the Kindle remembers which page you were last on, and also if left unattended for a while it will turn off - something I learnt when I fell asleep reading!
The "ink" is easy to read and I think a great feature (although not one that I use) is that the font size can be changed, I think this would be especially good for reading with children. Pages can be turned easily and you can also skip to the next chapter with the touch of a button should you want.
The battery life is fantastic, mine only needs charging once a month and is fully charged within a couple of hours. I'll be taking my Kindle abroad next week for the first time and I'm so excited not to have a big book to carry with me!
Another personal reason why I love the Kindle is that I'm terrible for reading the last page of a book in order to find out what happens - such a bad habit! Since using the Kindle to read I've never done this!
Summary: I wouldn't be without my Kindle, it's so easy to use and makes reading so enjoyable
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