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Basic model is enough for most users - wouldnt bother with 3G!
Amazon Kindle Ink Display
Member Name: KaraJane
Amazon Kindle Ink Display
Advantages: Easy to use, books easy to download, can be viewed on multiple devices. Basic model is good enough!
Disadvantages: Screen very fragile
My first kindle was a 3G keyboard edition, when the screen broke I decided to buy this cheaper version instead since I found that in reality I never used the keyboard. I also chose to just buy the basic WiFi version as there was never any need for the 3G function. I usually buy a whole load of books in one go and download either through my computer or more frequently via my home WiFi network. Even when abroad I always managed to find a source of free WiFi to download more books! Therefore I do not see the need for 3G model.
I like the lack of a backlight since it doesn't tire your eyes like staring at a screen does, and it is also good for reading in the outdoors. If you wanted to read at night Amazon sell lights built into covers for reasonable prices to get around that issue.
My use of the kindle is leisure use, mainly on holidays. Can store more books than I could even think of! A great investment, especially with airline luggage allowances dwindling I can still take loads of books with me without having to leave my shoes at home!
My only qualm with the Kindle is the fragility of the screen. My first one broke which I attributed to it not being transported in a case and getting crushed, however my second kindle (this model) was in a leather case and broke after being knocked off a relatively low bedside table, would not have expected such a significant fall to break it. Replacement screens are expensive, and my Kindle was out of warranty so I ended up buying a new one, which now 3 months on is still in working condition!
Amazon e-books are usually good value for money, especially when sales are on, however double check that you cant get the actual hard copy cheaper - certain supermarkets tend to be cheaper for paperbacks occasionally! But a wide range is available, and quick to download and browse. Easy to purchase.
Once an ebook is purchased it can be viewed on other kindles or devices using kindle app (eg iphone, ipad) that are registered with the amazon account which is very handy.
Summary: An excellent product, basic model would suffice for most. Replacement screens should be cheaper!
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