Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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I used to take 7 books at a time on holiday until i met my Kindle
Amazon Kindle 4
Member Name: afcbtim
Amazon Kindle 4
Date: 24/01/14, updated on 01/03/14 (68 review reads)
Advantages: lightweight, stores a library!
Disadvantages: Controls a bit awkward
I read a lot. I was always struggling to find new things to read without spending a fortune, so after a lot of research, a Kindle combined with the wealth of free books available seemed the obvious answer.
My kindle was purchased whilst oh holiday in America - reason being that the price in the US in Dollars is the price in the UK in pounds - saving about 50%. Not a reason to go tho the states on its own, but if you know someone going it is wort considering.
Books & Amazon:
With the Kindle you are officially tied to Amazon - in this case, on the whole it is no bad thing. There are a wealth of free books of very high quality (not just the classics) that can be access through the Kindle store. I find the best way is to go to the bestseller section where there are 2 options - one for paid books and one for free books. Once you are here, they list the top 100 sellers of all sorts of categories.I also buy books if I have a particular interest, or just for the sake of it when I can afford it.
Whilst you can search the Amazon store from your Kindle, it is cumbersome and slow, I would thoroughly recommend you purchase your books through a PC or tablet device. The books will download to your Kindle the next time you switch it on.
The kindle is equipped with a six inch E ink display on a Matt finish glass - a case is recommended as whilst the screen is good for day to day use and bumps, it does not like being dropped. This is not personal experience but anecdotal; having had a case I have had no issues.) The E ink display is clear and readable under even the brightest sunlight with no glare. The screen when not in use will display a screen saver. I purchased in America, it will display adverts too!
Operation is really very simple and the controls minimalistic. under the screen there are 5 buttons that basically allow you to select books from your device and to navigate through the books and add notes or delete from the device. There is a directional button in the centre which doubles as the enter button, a back button, a button to access the keyboard, a menu button which allows you to change font size, add notes and so on and a home button which takes you back to your book list. You should be aware that it is an on screen keyboard, so you have to tab through to each letter you want and press enter - very slow if you want to type much! On each side of the Kindle there are 2 rocker buttons that you use to turn pages forward or back. They take a little getting used to and if pressed too hard can skip a page or two.
Not all books come in a standard font size, it is easily possible to adjust the size though the menu system.
The Kindle can hold up to 2000 books, and reports battery life of 4 weeks - this is based on using for 30 minutes a day. I can however report from personal experience battery life of 2 weeks with quite heavy use (certainly more than an hour a day) so I am quite happy with that. Charging is fast at around 2 hours from empty to full, the charger uses the same generic connector as used in most Samsung phones and Asus tablet products - good for me as I only need to take one charger with me.
Definitely yes from me.
It meets all my needs, and with access to free books I am reading a far wider range of material than I have read before. The only reason my review is not 5* is for the difficulty in navigating on screen menus - but this is not an issue if all you want to do is read books!
Thanks for reading
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