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 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: The text-based e-reader isn’t ready for the dustbin of history quite yet. The Amazon Kindle was supposed to be slaughtered by the advent of the multi-use touchscreen tablet. And next to today’s shiny glass slates, the original Kindle, now four years old, looks as antiquated as, oh, the first iPod. But like the iPod, the Kindle sparked a revolution, feeding a hunger few of us knew we had. As such, it has remained miraculously resilient and amazingly relevant.
Excerpt: There is no better way to read e-books than on the stunningly simple Kindle app . The storefront is easy to navigate, and the selection of titles runs deeper than the plot of a Haruki Murakami novel, chockablock with both full-length tomes and Kindle Singles (the perfect commuter fare — not so short that you don’t care, not so long that it outlasts your ride).
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.
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.
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: 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.