Pros The screen is great, it changes pages faster than i turn pages. I read alot of epic fantasy, the kindle is so much easier to take with than a 1000 page hardcover. It can also slip into your pocket.
Cons I dont like the menu. I wish it would show the book covers or something. I think it would be easier to navigate.
Summary If you are looking for a basic e-reader at a good price, this is for you.The "Special offers" can be kinda cool. It let me get a 10 dollar book for a dollar.
Updated on Oct 24, 2011
Pros - The price point is the best thing about it. At 79$ you don't need to worry too much about what you'll do if it breaks (hint: get another one) and it's hard to imagine the price on this device going too much lower and sparking a bout of buyers remorse.
Cons - Typing isn't pleasant on this so you might be better off if you remember to purchase books when you're at the computer rather than doing it through the kindle.
- If you like touchscreens (I don't care for them myself) then you might want to look at anot
Summary You should notice that even though this is the ad supported version I didn't bother to put that in the Cons, since the ads are so unobtrusive. I honestly can't figure out why anyone would pay extra. Save your money for more books. When Kindle first came out they were pricy enough that it took some consideration before most people were ready to plunk down the cash but now we're getting into impulse territory.
"Excellent Kindle"on by tarzan1234
Pros Nice, light, cheap, special offer
Cons Nothing that I can think of
Summary Bought this one on the day it came out. Has played with it for a few days, finished the first book on it. Excellent Kindle!!! Super affordable. Never see no-keyboard as a problem, that makes it look good. Never see no-audio book as a problem either, I play my audio book on my iPod.
I actually like the special offer (or ads, whatever you call it). It's only on the home screen and screen saver. You never see it when you read and once in a while they give you coupon to buy things. The first day I received it, I already received almost $20 worth of coupon to spend on Amazon.com. This Kindle will pay for itself in no time.
Pros 1. It's a KINDLE!
2. It has page-turn buttons on the edge
3. Its incredibly inexpensive. (Never thought I'd see an e-reader at this price.
Sounds like a winner!
Cons It's not a touch screen, and lack of audio is a bummer.
Summary I probably won't be buying this, since I LOVE my "keyboard Kindle" (last year's model.) But if you've been holding out for something cheaper, this is probably the best deal you'll ever get. Lack of keyboard is no big deal. The keyboard on mine is a pain to use, but you only use it on rare occasions. Most of the time you are READING. Lack of audio is a bummer, but in the year I've had mine I've only used audio twice. Again, no big loss. And for reading (which is why you buy an ereader) the little buttons on the edge are much easier to use than reaching over and tapping a touch screen. So if you want an ereader to READ books... and price is an issue, this is probably the best deal yet! You'll never want to go back to the dead-tree version!
Pros -Screen refreshes only 1 every 6 or so pages
-Nice, classy and compact design. Feels a lot more premium than its $79 price tag may indicate.
-Exceptional performance (fast page refreshes, etc)
Cons -Half the battery life of the Kindle 3
-Exact same software as Kindle 3. Doesn't feature some of the updated graphics of the Kindle Touch
-No audio, but I never used this anyway
-2GB instead of 4GB, but it's still substantial