Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Amazon Kindle 4: Great little device for those who love to read
Amazon Kindle 4
Member Name: Emma86
Amazon Kindle 4
Date: 21/01/13, updated on 21/01/13 (13 review reads)
Advantages: Portable, light and easy to use
Disadvantages: Synopsis of books only accessible when connected to wifi
I was bought my Kindle as a Christmas present last year. I was undecided for a while whether or not I wanted one, as a book fan I didn't think I would enjoy using an e-reader. I love collecting books, I could spend hours browsing books in store, a book shop to me is like a sweet shop to a child. However I thought I would give it a go and I can honestly say I absolutely love it.
It is small and light, weighing around 170g which is great if you like to take a book on your commute to work or travel a lot. It is great for taking on holiday, if like me you usually have to carry two or three books for two weeks away it is ideal. It can hold up to 1400 books which again solves the issue of having to carry numerous books with you when you travel.
Unlike the previous model this one no longer has the keypad. Some may see this as a disadvantage but I tend to browse books on a computer and either connect my kindle and add them to the device or locate the book through wifi on the kindle itself once I know which book I want to buy. It is quick and easy to navigate and therefore I do not think anything has been lost in removing the keypad and making it smaller although I can see why some people may find this way of searching on the actual device a bit tedious compared to the previous model.
Another thing I was concerned about was how it would actually feel to read from the Kindle. I wanted to still feel as though I was reading a book rather than an electronic device such as a tablet. This was not an issue due to the fact that it reads like paper and has no glare. I can relax on the beach in the sun and continue to enjoy a book with no problems.
Downloading books is quick and the Amazon store has thousands of books to choose from. The books do tend to be cheaper than paperbacks and hardbacks, certain books are free, there are daily deals and a selection of books for £2.99 or less. I have discovered lot's of great new authors I may not have given a chance had it not been for these offers. It is also great to be able to buy a new book as soon as I have finished one without even having to leave my home.
The battery life is good, I find myself charging probably once a month after using it almost everyday. You can do this by either connecting the USB lead that comes with the device into a computer or using a plug from another device such as your phone (as most now use USB connections) to plug into the wall.
The only negative I find with the Kindle is once you have downloaded a book you can only go back to the book description if you are connected to wifi as this can only be viewed via the store. This can be a little irritating if you have finished a book and would like to be reminded of others you have previously downloaded before choosing to begin a new one. An e-book includes the front cover of a book so why not the back containing the synopsis.
Overall I think the Kindle 4 is a great device, easy to use, extremely convenient and a great addition for those who love to read.
Summary: Great device, portable and easy to use. Thousands of books available at the click of a button
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