Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Am I converted to the kindle?
Amazon Kindle 4
Member Name: HelenW
Amazon Kindle 4
Advantages: Lightweight, good capacity, good battery
Disadvantages: Not a book
OH then brought me a kindle, so I threw myself in to see what all the fuss was about! It seemed rather appealing for holidays and carrying around in general. When I go on holiday, I tend to take a good 6 books or so! So the kindle seemed appealing if only for this purpose! I've been told that I can get textbooks etc on kindle, however I wasn't convinced... I like being able to highlight and underline when I'm studying.
**About the kindle**
I synced my kindle to my amazon account, which was pretty straightforward and started downloading! There are some books which are free, so I started testing it out with some of those before purchasing any kindle books. I downloaded some of the classics first. I really liked the fact that those are on the free list, I suppose it may tempt more people into reading them.
The kindle weighs less than 170 grams, which is less than a paperback! It's super thin which takes up less space if you are carrying it around in a bag, reading on public transport etc. It doesn't glare either, so when you turn it on, it looks like a page. It has a contents page, so you can see all your books. If you turn it off while you are reading a book, it will keep your place when you turn it back on, which is very useful!
Also, whilst reading a book, there is a tracker along the bottom of the page, showing how far through the book you are. I quite like this feature about it. The kindle also has wifi, so you can download your books while you have wifi access, to store on the kindle ready to read. The battery life is incredible, my battery lasts weeks when it's charged up. It's very user friendly, it has a nice matt look and feel to it. It has buttons on each side to go to the next page and the previous page, so which ever hand you prefer, you can easily flip page with one hand.
There is also a dictionary installed on the kindle. I like this part, as whilst reading, you can highlight over a word and therefore see the definition and to me this is handy. You can see the definition coming onto the screen. Also, you can highlight sections which brings up an underline. You can then create notes at the side. If you are using your kindle for studying, I imagine that this is really helpful. I know someone who has problems with their shoulders and arms, and for her, the kindle is a godsend, as she can read for plenty of time without feeling pain.
**To have a keyboard?**
My brother in law has the kindle with a keyboard, so I've had the opportunity to have a nosey at both! My kindle doesn't have the keyboard, it has an on screen keyboard where you just have to use the keys at the bottom of the screen to select letters. The screen is large and takes up a majority of the device, apart from the few small buttons at the bottom. After using my kindle, using the keyboard makes the device feel rather 'clunky'. I only have it for reading, therefore I don't feel a keyboard is necessary. It may make searching the kindle shop easier, however, I don't personally feel it is necessary.
**To 3G or not to 3G?**
My brother in law also has 3G on his kindle. The point of this, is that you don't need to bother with wifi. You can download your books where ever you are, without the need to connect to a wifi hotspot or to do it at home. A device with 3G is quite expensive, whereas my kindle cost £89, in comparison, the device with 3G is £149! As you can see, it adds rather a lot to the price. I have wifi at home, and I often download a fair few books in one go and have them stored in my library. For me, 3G is also not necessary, however I can see the appeal.
I rather like my kindle. I do use it quite regularly, as I can just throw it in my handbag and it doesn't take up much space. However, I still like the appeal of books. Even with a kindle, I do still read actual books more. I still swap books with friends and my parents, which means you can discuss the plot etc. Also, although certain books are often quite cheap and even free, when I see a new release I want to read, it's not very often cheaper than the paperback. So I still go to the library a fair amount as I'm economising so don't want to be spending too much on books! I don't use my kindle for textbooks, as I still like to highlight, but even with the option to be able to do this on kindle I'm used to studying with a proper textbook and just prefer it. When I go on holiday, I can take plenty of books with me, without having to take a hand luggage bag full of books. One thing I have noticed from discussions with my friend, it that you need a case for your device if you plan to take it anywhere! I brought a pink, leather effect case with my kindle, however my friend didn't bother with one. She has acquired scratches on the back of hers and has since brought one! Also, it keeps the dust off and just adds that extra element of protection.
Summary: ...Useful, but not completely converted.
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