Excerpt: So I’m sitting on the Reunification Express on my way to Hue from Hanoi in Vietnam. It’s a 13 hour trip and I need something to while away the time. This is the third overseas trip I’ve done with my Kindle and figured why not write a quick review of how useful the Amazon Kindle 3G is as a travel companion.
Conclusion: Many people will say that ereaders are no substitute for the tactile feel of real books. And there's no denying that an ereader is an expensive option. But Amazon has pushed the boundaries with the Kindle, and every other manufacturer has to play catch-up.
Summary: Reading on the Kindle is very pleasant. The device is lightweight, thin, and comfortable to hold for long periods. Turning pages is silent and can be made from both sides of the device.
Its outline is slightly rounded, and the texture is smooth, providing a good sense of touch. A great advantage of Kindle over laptops and tablets is that it does not heat up and it can be held for long without any discomfort.
Conclusion: Amazon has become the one to beat in terms of hardware, book selection, customer service and price. The $139 Kindle 3 with WiFi is a wonderful reader for an impressively low price. The 3G + WiFi version manages to come in $10 cheaper than the Nook (we don't recommend we make your choice based on such a small price difference), and Sony's readers have come down in price but still can't match the Kindle experience.
Pros: Smaller, less expensive and higher contrast display., Pro: Great price on both readers, lovely hardware, improved keyboard, lighter, smaller and better looking. Access to Amazon's huge selection of ebooks and a good selection of periodicals. Very easy to use and easy to get books on the Kindle. Pearl E-Ink display is by far the best among E-Ink displays and first gen Kindle owners will particularly notice the improvement. New Webkit browser is much more capable, thoug...
Cons: Still locked into the Amazon store, no ePUB support., Con: No ePUB support means no shopping around for your ebooks and no library books.
Conclusion: This whole post can simply be written in just one sentence: If you love reading books, throw all your books away and simply get an Amazon Kindle, it’s that great!
Pros: Amazing E Ink screen technology, Bright, Crisp, Clear texts, Can highlight/write notes and even see people’s highlights/notes, Easy to navigate, thanks to the Page Turn Buttons, Built-In Wi-Fi, Extra-long battery life, USB connection, Can send files to the device via e-Mail, Tons of books (even free ones) available
Cons: No touch screen, No color, Can’t be read in a dark room, Keyboard keys design can be improved
Excerpt: Amazon’s introduced two versions. The 3G version we tested enables wireless transfers anywhere, but for £109, you can get a WiFi only version, which is perfect if you can time your downloads to being in the vicinity of a WiFi hot spot.
Pros: UK Amazon books, Charcoal design, WiFi version is very affordable
Cons: Slow browsing, Pictures don't look great, Still black and white
Excerpt: Leaving aside the obvious giveaways - smaller size, less wasted real estate around the edges, new button design, new colour - you only have to hold the Amazon Kindle 3 to realise that you are in new e-reader territory. The third-generation Kindle comes in two versions: the Kindle Wi-Fi retails for £109, and it costs £149 for a 3G and Wi-Fi version. This is the same as the 3G-only Amazon Kindle 2 cost previously, and is the first device launched specifically into the UK.
Conclusion: There’s no doubt that the vast majority of improvements – and drawbacks – come from the hardware improvements present in the new Kindle, but these hardware improvements really help the user experience when swiftly navigating through your books and menus in the software.
Excerpt: Since the Apple iPad was released, the tablet sector has been a thriving hotbed of news and discussion. Market leaders such as Research In Motion, Samsung, Sharp are developing new tablets to target this lucrative market. On the ‘monochrome’ side however, the battle has been just as intense and recently one of the most awaited devices has been released in the UK – The new Amazon ebook reader, entitled The Kindle 3.