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
Small things come in good packages.
Amazon Kindle 4
Member Name: MamaC
Amazon Kindle 4
Advantages: Small and will fit in your pocket, good size memory, very easy to read.
Disadvantages: Doesn't have 3G capabilities.
During school pickup time I'm always sat in my car twiddling my fingers and listening to the radio and after four years of this I find myself wanting to be a little more productive. A mum had recommended a Kindle and said that they are great from reading the odd book or 4. This immediately put the idea into my head so I popped it on my birthday list in the hope that my husband would buy me one. Two months later my birthday came and I was the proud owner of a Kindle 4.
It's a standalone reader which comes at a cheap price of under £90, and I instantly knew that it would pay for itself after a few years, and it also saves me taking my books to the local charity shop. The overall size of the Kindle is 166cm by 114cm and comes with an 8.7mm stylus. Needless to say it's not colour yet displays every thing on screen in 16 shades of grey ink. I love the matt screen in comparison to my iPad as it's a lot easy to read from in bright sunshine. Although reading with no ambient light can be an issue as the Kindle isn't backlit, so if you're reading in the bedroom you'll need a light on to see the screen because of this.
When holding the Kindle you'll find it as light as a feather. The total memory is 2GB which you'll use to store your eBooks - I believe that this can store over 1,000 books. The power button can be located on the products base. The Kindle is fully updatable when new software updates come out. It looks pretty smart with its rounded corners and it's very easy to grip. The Kindle is controlled by just four buttons on the front bottom - Back, Home, Menu and if you require the on-screen keyboard you select the second button.
The life of the battery is amazing and will last for weeks, although this does depend on how many hours per day you use the Kindle. Be warned, this doesn't come with a charger. Instead it comes with a micro USB lead that is be compatible with my iPhone charger.
I've not used it to retrieve my emails or to surf the internet on, so can't comment on these functions as yet, and it doesn't support the 3G network - not that this is a problem for me. Besides I wouldn't really want to browse the web in 16 shades of grey! One feature that is good is that it has the ability to share my eBooks on my Mac and iPad.
It's a 'basic' Kindle that doesn't have a keyboard, headphone socket or speakers, or a facility for 3G,it's silent, but then that's all reflected in the price. It looks good and suits me down to the ground for my personal needs, as I really don't want to be carrying my expensive iPad around with me all day in the car. So I'd easily recommend this to anyone who wants a unit to read eBooks on for not a lot of expense.
Purchased from Amazon for £79 including delivery.
Summary: An nice little eReader for a not a massive price.
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