Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Making Reading Fun Again
Amazon Kindle 4
Member Name: topsyturvy
Amazon Kindle 4
Advantages: easy to read, makes reading fun
The Kindle is lightweight which is another thing I noticed right away, it is less than 170g which is very light and you can feel it, they say it is lighter than a paperback book which is definitely true. The dimensions of this are 166 x 114 x 8.7mm which is about 6" wide which is almost the size of a photograph but just a bit bigger. The Kindle is a charcoal like colour and on the display screen it always has a different wallpaper show up when the power is off and there are a few buttons at the bottom, the five way button, power, a space to plug the USB cable in and the home button which I will explain later, it says Kindle at the top and on the back of it too.
AMAZON KINDLE E-READER
Where to begin as I cannot express enough excitement about my Kindle since getting it, since using it in front of other people I have made so many people change their mind on the idea of using one as everyone seems to like the smaller size. The Kindle being so thing needs to be carried with safety which is why I keep the plastic on the screen as I couldn't bare to see it scratched, it really is best to get the leather case and keep it in this at all times as it is comfortable to hold this way and protects it when carrying it around in your bag. The Kindle comes with a USB charged so it can only be charged using USB unless you splash out and buy the adapter extension.
Continuing on, I decided to buy the adapter extension which isn't cheap and seems to be what a lot of big companies like Apple also do to gain a bit extra. It just makes life easier that you can charge plugging into a socket, rather than always having to have a computer on to charge through the USB. This is probably one of my only problems with the Kindle but not to start off on a negative note as it is a great device and there are so many positives. So, a lot of people may still be unsure what the Kindle is? It is an e-book reader meaning you can read books digitally and download to your Kindle saving storage of having big bulky books around the house.
The Kindle is formed by using ink particles to create the print like text which is what creates the display which is very clear indeed. I haven't had any problems whatsoever reading the text as it is that bold and that sharp. I read my Kindle in the day and night and even in dim light find no problems reading the lettering as the quality is that crisp, I haven't used it on holiday and probably won't but it says it is also easy to read in sunlight. If you are finding some problems reading, the good thing is that you can adjust the line spacing, font style and choose from eight adjustable font sizes to find the one that most suits you. I haven't changed it from the original settings as for me this is perfect and I can read the text just fine.
Some of the extras on the kindle are that it comes with an installed dictionary if you need to check any words while reading, I can't say I've really used this feature much though. There is also the option to highlight sentences and bookmark and make annotations, I never really go that in depth with books to analyse them but I suppose this could be useful if you were reading a book for educational purposes, it just doesn't appeal to me at all this setting. It is good though that they give you the option I suppose but the Kindle has built in wi-fi which is great when registering it in the first set up and also for adding books onto the Kindle.
The wi-fi is also great as when you are on the Kindle you can go onto Wikipedia and also the Kindle Store where you can download books right from this feature. I don't tend to use the Kindle store on the Kindle but normally download from my laptop as I prefer to look for books in colour which may sounds weird but it is sharper on a laptop for viewing web pages and a lot easier. The Kindle has an on and off power button at the base but what I love the most is that everytime you turn it off it always has an automatic wallpaper change and there are a good number it alternates between so sometimes it'll be the tips of pens or a close up of ink etc it is all book themed wallpapers but it is a really nice touch.
Next thing to mention is the battery life which is probably one of the most impressive parts about this device. I used my Kindle and ready 4 books on it and the battery life had gone down the slightest bit, it is fantastic how little power it uses. When charging it is an orange light when it is still charging and it turns green when charging is complete, it does say on Amazon's website that it has a 1 month battery life and I can completely believe this. I don't really charge this up unless going on a long journey but I'd prefer to let the power go right down completely before charging it all of the time. Even to charge it doesn't take a lot of time either, it's fantastic.
What I like when reading is how easy it is to do everything, I love the percentage bar at the bottom that calculates the percentage of the book you have read, rather than looking through page numbers. Also to turn the page you just press the button on the side and to go back you press the small buttons on each side, it flicks so quickly and it is also so easy to go back. When reading you can just turn the power off and it'll open up back where you left off. Also if you click the home button to go back to the screen showing all of your books and click into the book it will open it up still at where you left off which is great and very handy. The recent book you are reading will always be displayed at the top of the list which is great, especially if you have 100s of books.
The Kindle says it holds 1400 books which is a great capacity (2GB), when you have read a book you can keep it on the device or remove it. I usually remove it from the device as I never read the same book twice but what's good is that even if you delete a book from your Kindle, it will still remain in your Amazon online account where you can upload it again or delete it permanently from here too. To download a book is very quick, you just choose the book, click download and if you have your USB plugged in it will automatically go onto the device in seconds, it's so quick and you can always download a book and plug it in later to get it.
There are hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from but you will be shocked at some newer books as they can cost as much as £4.99, what I do is look at the free books which are some great well known reads, also you can get books for 20p some also really good. I downloaded lots of free books and they have been really good and there are short stories too and some newspapers/magazines. The free 100 list updates regularly and they do Daily Deal but you just need to keep checking it as some are 99p which is still cheap, it isn't a bad price for a digital book but I wouldn't pay £5 for an e-book as that seems a lot really but atleast if you really wanted the book you get it in seconds rather than having to go out and buy.
One of the last comments to make is about the controls, there is the 5 way controls which is ok to move up and down but not the easiest. It can be ok but also the keyboard for typing in isn't QWERTY so can be quite hard to get used to but still not the easiest to use. It just takes getting used to but once you know what to use, you will find you will use the 5 way button more than anything. Really, that covers everything that you need to know about the Kindle, it still fascinates me that the Kindle is a third of an inch thick, it is so thin and lightweight that even reading for hours, it isn't sore to hold the Kindle to read it, it is so thin.
I'd recommend the Kindle to anyone who enjoys reading, since getting it I've read more books now than I had in the last year. It makes it more exciting going onto the Kindle store and looking at what's new or what is cheaper or free, there are so many new releases and you can keep them all on there until you are ready to read. I'll never fill the full 1400 capacity as I remove a book once I've read it but if I want to download a lot of titles at once, it is great to know I have them all saved on the device. This would appeal to anyone who likes gadgets as it is easy to use, maybe mid teens upwards would like the Kindle the most.
This Kindle 6" E-Ink display is sold on Amazon where they are charging just £69 for it which to me is a bargain and I feel I have gotten my use out of it already which is the best part.
The official Amazon Kindle website is https://kindle.amazon.com/.
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