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.
Pros: Emphasis on reading and instant gratification in a comfortable package that actually improves on the e-ink touchscreen metaphor. Ads are not intrusive. It’s soothing to see page numbers that match up with the print world.
Cons: Though you can see community notes and tweet your progress while reading, the social layer is not as broad as the ones baked into the Nook and Kobo Touch.2
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.
Review: Amazon Kindle Third Generation With 3G + Wi-Fi
22 August 2010
Excerpt: Though Amazon.com won’t say how many units it has sold, its Kindle e-reader has been a tremendous success for the e-commerce giant. Some analysts estimate Amazon sold 3 million before this year, and will double that total in 2010.
Pros: Amazon keeps pace with a more competitive e-reading marketplace with a smaller device, more readable text, yet and another improved hardware interface. 9 price for Wi-Fi version will open the door for multi-Kindle families. Battery life is long enough for space shuttle missions.
Cons: Still the same DRM, no touch-screen navigation, the book-light case is too costly. Only those with tiniest fingers will avoid hitting the “back” button when moving the cursor down. Interface for newspaper and magazines still clunky.
Conclusion: Amazon has done it again. With every iteration the Kindle gets cheaper, smaller, lighter and faster. By not messing with the store or interface, the Kindle 4 feels like your favourite ebook reader, streamlined.
Pros: Supremely light and compact, decent build quality for the price, lots of free content, basic web browsing
Cons: Where’s the keyboard? Home screen is starting to feel stale