Conclusion: With the Kindle Fire on the way - although we’ve yet to have a date of when this will come to the UK. It’s easy to think ‘I’ll hang on for that.’ And if you are looking for a tablet/e-reader that might be a wise move. However if your main priority from a portable device is reading, then the Kindle should be your first choice. For long periods of reading E-Ink is far superior to a smartphone app.
Summary: That makes browsing the web or searching for online books more of a headache than on touch-screen e-readers or the Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G (Est. $140 and up) , which includes a full QWERTY keyboard and free 3G cellular data. You'll also need to connect to a Wi-Fi network to go online with the basic Kindle. While experts say Barnes & Noble devices are slightly more comfortable in hand, the Kindle is nonetheless remarkably light and a pleasure to hold.
Pros: Slim, light, Easy-to-read display, Large online bookstore
Cons: Poor typing controls, Limited mostly to Amazon.com books
Excerpt: An e-reader should be pretty simple to review, one like the that has only two buttons even more so. ‘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
Conclusion: There's nothing here to make existing users want to swap their Kindle for this one, and if you want 3G and the keyboard you can still buy the older Kindle version with its keyboard for £149. However, we have to take our hats off to Amazon. A lower price, and reduction in features most people won't mind make this new Kindle attractive.
Summary: An expansive selection of reading material from Amazon, long battery life, and an immersive reading experience, all for just $79. What's not to like? Just the lack of a usable keyboard and tiny page turn buttons. If you can minimize your need for typing, and don't mind a bit of ergonomic discomfort, the ad-supported Amazon Kindle with Wi-Fi is a great eReader choice, offering useful features such as public library access to eBooks and Kindle-to-Kindle lending.
Pros: Inexpensive, Lightweight and portable design, Crisp E Ink screen, Library eBook lending, Kindle-to-Kindle eBook lending
Cons: Tiny page turn buttons, Terrible on-screen keyboard input method, No audio support or headphone jack
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: The latest Kindle forgoes bells and whistles such as a touchscreen or physical keyboard, making it one bare-bones device. Still, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better e-reader at this price.
Pros: Relatively inexpensive, Pocket-sized, Fast processor
Cons: No touchscreen / physical keyboard, No memory card slot, Not ideal for one-handed reading