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
Summary: There isn’t even a reader program for your PC. Be aware of this before you shell out $400 for a Kindle. The Kindle is an extremely promising platform, but until Amazon commits to building a migration path for users to move their books from one eBook platform to another, we just can’t give it a glowing recommendation.
Pros: Cheap books. Great screen and impressive battery life; when not using wireless.
Cons: Closed eBook format locks you into the Kindle forever. Expensive. Doesn't support PDF.
Excerpt: The new Amazon Kindle is one of Amazon’s most advanced e-ink screen-equipped e-book reading devices to date. It weighs less than 6 ounces and has an 18% smaller body than it predecessor, yet it offers the same amount of onboard storage space and better performance in terms of usage and battery life. To top it all off, it can be bought from Amazon in the US for only $79. That’s one bargain that’s definitely hard to pass up.