Great healthy fun without damaging any trees.
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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Kindle 3rd Gen wifi was in my wish-list for some time. As I had seen one live I decided that I would reward myself with one from e-bay. I was impressed with the lightness of the device , the battery life and the menu system. When I start reading and also use the inbuilt mp3 player I end up in my own fun world . There is a good selection of free books on the amazon website and lots of new books at good prices too. I recommend this heartily.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Amazon Kindle 3 wifi (not 3g)
having seen various ads for the kindle on the telly, and having a girlfriend who spent every spare moment reading it seemed the ideal birthday present for her, it arrived and straight out the box it was up and running, couldnt have been simpler, its light in the hand and the buttons are positive for page turning, the screen is very impressive being as easy on the eye as proper ink on paper, ok its NOT backlit but thats no bad thing as it would detract from the crispness of the text on the screen, I will admit to being tempted to get one for myself as the fw times I picked it up I found it very easy to read on (far less builky than a hardback/paperback book) and the fact it remembers where you got to when you turn it off and on again is a massive bonus.
I have tried the built in extras on it, the web browser is fine for stuff like wikipedia but pages with a large amount of imagery/flash content seem to slow it badly butas they say the browser is an experimental program included in the kindle.
The main DOWNSIDE of the kindle is the fact it doesnt come with a protective cover of any description, we use a jiffy envelope for ours but thats not infallible
so all in all??
if you read loads and want a handy way of carrying a few books (3500 apparently) then its spot on.. also bear in mind that the last book we bought Jilly Cooper's Jump was nearly 20 quid in print and only 5.68 on the kindle it makes a lot of sense that way as well..
thanks for reading my review and hope it helps you make up your mind..
142 of 144 people found this review helpful.
Amazon Kindle 3 Wifi (NOT 3G)
It's great. Like everyone else I'd seen the ads and I was intrigued. So I bought it. It works straight out of the box, and you can get some books for free (usually "classics"). You can also get the 1st chapter of other books free as a sample, and then you can choose to buy the whole book or not. It's what you should expect:
- thin, lightweight, great text/print, very close to a real book,
- you can adjust font and portrait/landscape reading
- it knows where you are, so when you come back to it you automatically carry on reading from where you left off.
- just like a real book, you will need a light if you want to read it in the dark!! (it is NOT backlit in any way).
- the battery lasts for ages (I read the 2nd & 3rd books in the "girl with the dragon Tattoo" trilogy on the same battery, and there was loads left).
- the e-books are VERY easy to buy, and VERY easy and quick to download
- the e-books are much cheaper than their printed counterparts, and half the price of the same books at Waterstones to use on the Waterstones reader.
1)I bought mine on e-bay just before Christmas and paid over the odds (£130 instead of £109), but it came in time and I was, and still am, very happy. But if you can, buy it direct from Amazon, that way it will have your account details and everything already set up and "ready to go". With your name on it!
2) If you don't mind re-charging the battery every other day, and you have a Apple Ipad, you can get the kindle app for that, for free. It works just the same, but the Ipad is bigger, much harsher on the eyes and backlit. And the kids will pinch it all the time to play their games on it.
In summary (and just my personal opinion):
- got an Ipad already and don't mind charging it all the time? Use the Amazon Kindle App. (Even in the dark)
- want to read lots, on holiday, don't have an Ipad, don't want to faff about charging every other day? Get the Kindle. And a clip-on light if you want to read in the dark!
Good luck, and I hope this was helpful.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Excellent Gadget with only one small niggle
...and that single small niggle will only become apparent if you refer to footnotes on pages (in reference books for example) - because the Kindle resumes where you left off.
Apart from that one single minor inconvenience, the Kindle 3 is absolutely superb. No surprise that it's Amazons top selling product. Deservedly so. It's well designed, well thought through, and affordably priced.
They have got it spot-on, the right size, the right weight, and the screen is like reading a paper book, no strain on the eyes at all, clear and uncannily like "proper" print.
The web browser is useful but of course it is not a full-on bells-and-whistles browser (so no flash or other plugins), and it is in black and white. But it works OK.
9/10 for this model.
Tip: Go for the 3G wireless version, thats a 10/10.
When I bought this one on ebay the listing was slightly confusing/misleading and I assumed it was 3G, and paid the 3G price for a non 3G Kindle... so be careful with that - like all things on ebay, read the listing very carefully!
68 of 68 people found this review helpful.
Wow what an amazing piece of kit!
I just love this little gadget. I am absolutely in love with it. Over the years I have collected a lot of books, so many that my house resembles a library more than a home. It's time to declutter and this little wonder enables me to keep all my favourite books with me and doesn't even take up any shelf space because it is carried with me everywhere. I have already downloaded 90+ of my favourite classics and 95% of them didn't cost me a bean! Only one downside was the colour - I'm not really into graphite grey - but I soon addressed this by purchasing a hot pink Kindle case. I'm really impressed with how easy the kindle is to use and how comfortable it is to hold, even for long reading sessions. I saw a colleague using one at work and asked if I could take a look. He was obviously already smitten with it because he gave me the hard sell and well... the rest is history. I now have my very own Kindle. I thought I'd miss and yearn for the texture and smell of paper that you get from a book but, to be honest, once I'd got into it, I didn't really notice that it wasn't a book I was reading. I guess if I really get hung up about the tactile pleasure I could always scrunch up a piece of paper in my hand while reading from the kindle! Just think how many trees it saves by not purchasing a proper book while still having just as fulfilling a read. That's got to be a bonus worth considering in my book! One thing is for sure and that is that the Kindle really does measure up to the hype it gets. It does exactly what it says on the tin! I went for the more expensive 3G version because of the appeal of the extra facilities that offers but I would have been happy with the cheaper model if I couldn't afford it. Go on... give it a go, it'll soon become your next best buddy.
30 of 31 people found this review helpful.