Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6
Display, U.S. Wireless)
The Kindle 2 Is Simply Amazing
At 10.2 ounces, Kindle is lighter than a typical paperback and as thin as
most magazines. Barely a third of an inch in profile, youll find Kindle fits
perfectly in your hands. Kindle is as easy to hold and use as a book. We
designed it with long-form reading in mind. When reading for long periods
of time, people natural y shift positions and often like to read with one
hand. Kindles page-turning buttons are located on both sides, allowing you
to read and turn pages comfortably with one hand from any position. The
page-turn buttons now flex inward to prevent any accidental page turns
when picking up or handling Kindle. Kindle has a new easy-to-use 5-way
controller, enabling precise on-screen navigation for selecting text to
highlight or looking up words. Kindle is completely wireless and ready to
use right out of the box--no setup, no cables, no computer required. With
Kindles 25% longer battery life, you can read on a single charge for up to 4
days with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to 2 weeks. Battery
life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store
and downloading content. In low coverage areas or in 1xRTT only
coverage, wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly.
Whispernet utilizes Amazons optimized technology plus Sprints national
high-speed (3G) data network to enable you to wirelessly search, discover,
and download content on the go. Your books and periodicals are delivered
via Whispernet in less than 60 seconds. And unlike WiFi, you never have
to hunt for a hotspot.
Personal Review: Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6 Display,
I have to admit I was a little skeptical given the high price, but decided to
take the plunge. I am happy I did. This device is amazing.
1st off: packaging. I ordered on Wed and received it on Thurs (overnight
for $3.99 - I love Prime). Packaging is minimal and recyclable. Kudos for
Amazon for using environmentally friendly packaging.
The device itself feels sturdy and solid. It is small and light yet does not
feel fragile. The buttons feel as though they will last, unlike other similar
devices where they feel flimsy.
The eink screen is very easy on the eyes. I like that there is no back light
to save on batteries. I wonder if a future iteration may have a built in LED
reading light (perhaps recessed on the sides of the screen) which would
allow reading in the dark, yet not wear batteries down quickly. That is a
minor issue. For now an LED book light works great.
I real y like how when you turn it off, a random image appears on the
screen, usually of one of the great authors. The cool thing about e-ink is
that once the ink is on the screen, no electricity is required to keep it there,
so the image stays while the device is off. Very cool.
The charger is small, high quality, and very cool is that one cord doubles
as power cord and USB cable.
I also got the Patagonia case. It fits the device perfectly, allows access to
all the buttons and charging port. The pocket easily holds the charger and
a booklight. It provides enough padding to protect it but not so much as to
make it bulky.
The device itself is intuitive to use and set up. It came with a quick start
guide which I did not even need to look at. The owners manual is pre-
installed on the device. I did read this (after playing with it for a couple of
hours) but found it real y not to be necessary. It is so intuitive to use, you
dont really need a manual. Just play with it for a while and you have it
Having wireless connectivity all the time via cel connection, with no
monthly fee, justifies the $360 price tag. Is is very cool to be able to shop
for new books, even go on the internet, whenever and wherever you want.
There are many cheap or free ebooks out there. Especially most of the
classics are free. I had been reading ebooks on my Palm for a long time,
so already had quite a few I can use on the Kindle.
Amazon gives you an e-mail address for your Kindle. So if you buy (or
download for free) a book from a site other than Amazon, you just e-mail it
to your Kindle. In my experience it shows up within 2-3 minutes. Very
easy. Just be sure you use the .mobi (MobiPocket) format from most of
these sites. Text (.txt) wil also work. Do NOT use secure Mobipocket,
that will not work.
Reading on the device is a pleasure. The buttons are in the right place.
They require enough pressure from the right angle that it is hard to hit
them accidentally. Navigating with the 5 way button is much better than
the Kindle 1. The built-in Dictionary is awesome. Just put the cursor in
front of the word and a 2-line definition appears at the bottom of the
screen. Want the full definition? Just hit enter the you get the ful page
dictionary entry. When done just hit the back button and you are right back
to your book.
I love this for travel. When I go on vacation I can read 4 or 5 books.
Carrying those in luggage adds bulk and weight, which I do not like.
Having the Kindle, I could have over 1,000 books with me (and a
dictionary) in one small device.
So if you are on the fence, and can afford the price, I would say go for y ou.
You will not be disappointed.
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