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The Kindle Keyboard
Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G
Member Name: nykied
Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G
Date: 07/01/13, updated on 07/01/13 (53 review reads)
Advantages: All your books on one tiny device
This is a review of the Kindle Keyboard, as Amazon now calls it. There are more recent iterations of the Kindle on the market, but this version is still available.
I was bought this e-reader about two years ago but only really started to use it in 2012. This was mainly because I was one of the many people who refused to move away from paper books, believing that e-readers were devices of the devil. I'm unsure what prompted me to get my Kindle out of its box but out of its box it came and it's not been back in since. I'm in the process of getting all my favourite books onto it and so far have been able to donate about 300 books to a charity shop (still about 100 to go). I've been converted!
Maybe you're teetering on the edge of being converted or maybe you're still firmly in the paper book camp but I hope to convince you to change your mind.
The Kindle as a whole is a fabulous thing. It's easy to hold and easy to read. It has buttons on both sides, for turning a page forward and also turning a page back, which is handy if you're left-handed. It does have the keyboard at the bottom but I've very rarely used it. The only buttons I use on mine are the 'on/off' button, which is on the bottom of the device, the 'select' button, which is next to the keyboard letters, and the page turning buttons, which are used for flicking between screens as well as turning pages. I've also used the font button, which enables you to change the font size, but I've literally used that once.
The Kindle Keyboard has wireless internet and in some cases 3G. This allows books purchased from the Amazon Kindle store to be sent instantly through to the device, as long as the internet is switched on. It is practically instant. However, this leads me to battery life. Switching off the wireless internet greatly extends the battery life. I only need to charge up my Kindle about once a month.
The Kindle website has a wide selection of books to order and there's also a '99p book of the day', which has some great books on. A lot of the classics are free on the website, but if you're expecting to get all your books cheaper than buying them in a store, you'll be mistaken. Some books are cheaper to buy as hard copies and part of this is that you pay tax on e-books and not on paper books. There are some bargains to be had though and you can hold over 3,000 books on the device. If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can 'borrow' one book a month to read on your Kindle free and some libraries also lend out books on a Kindle.
If you do need more space, any of the books you've bought from Amazon can be deleted from the device without deleting them totally - they stay in the cloud and you can re-download them any time you wish.
When you have your books on the Kindle, you can order them in a few different ways. You can set it so that your most recent books are at the top or they can be alphabetically. Before you click into a book, you can see how far along you are with it you are by looking at the dots under the book title - the darker dots are what you've read and the lighter dots are what you've yet to read.
Some people who are yet to be converted to e-readers say that there is a flicker when you're turning pages but this isn't actually noticeable when you get used to it. This particular Kindle however, doesn't have a light. This means that you can't read in the dark, although you can buy cases with inbuilt lights and I have a light that clips on. I've reviewed the light previously and whilst it's not designed specifically for the Kindle, it does clip onto the top.
So yes, there are more modern versions of the Kindle out, but is it worth spending more money? I don't think so and I think I would miss the clicking of the buttons to turn the page. I received a Kindle Paperwhite (which is a touchscreen Kindle) for Christmas, so I will seE.
The Kindle Keyboard is available for about £149.00
Summary: A gadget that's wormed its way into my heart
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