Summary: The Kindle itself is a smashing piece of kit, but Amazon's digital bookstore just isn't ready for us to invest in. Using competing bookstores with the Kindle isn't possible and we couldn't find a single one of the 15 books we searched for.
Pros: Integrated bookstore is incredibly simple to use; terrific battery life; great design; impressive display that's comfortable to read.
Cons: Locks you into Amazon's proprietary Kindle bookstore; no support for the open ePub format; can't transfer purchased ebooks to other devices.
Excerpt: An e-reader should be pretty simple to review, one like the Kindle Touch that has only two buttons even more so. Amazon ‘s ebook reader has one primary task: displaying the pages of the reader’s books. Sure, there are other features of importance like availability of content, size and weight, and overall usability issues.
Pros: E Ink Display, Size, Whispersync Cloud Service
Cons: Interface incongruities, Size, No charger included
Summary: With multi-touch, the Amazon Kindle makes e-book reading an even more comfortable exercise. The slightly smaller footprint, because the keyboard has been removed, makes it comfortable to hold. If you are thinking of upgrading from a previous gen Kindle, the upgrade isn't enticing enough. If however, this is your first Kindle, or you are adding to the e-book reader armory, then this is the one to consider.
Excerpt: For the legions of fans still devoted to the e-ink reading experience — easier on the eyes, the batteries and the biceps — the big news to come out of Amazon’s recent high-profile product launch wasn’t its fancy new Android tablet with a backlit 7-inch screen. It was the line of new e-ink Kindles. Amazon’s new Kindles bring an updated hardware design to its family of popular black and white e-readers.
Pros: Hardware is lighter, snappier and all-around improved. Ads in the “special offers” versions only appear in the home screen and screensavers, never in the book. Great battery life — five days of use, even with the night light, and it isn’t yet half empty.
Cons: Typing is t-o-r-t-u-r-e. Power switch is now a button, not a slider, and easier to trigger when you don’t want to. Screen can get scuffed if you carry it everywhere, necessitating an accessory cover or sleeve.
Excerpt: Last week Amazon went a little crazy and announced 4 new devices all on the same day. The Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G and the Kindle Fire. The first 3 devices are e-book readers and the Fire is a tablet. That is a lot of devices and of course we plan to review all of them because that’s just what we do We have to wait a little while for the Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire devices to become available, but we’re happy to give you the scoop on the $79 Kindle today.