Pros Awesome screen. Small Size. Online book downloads. Free Wikipedia access. Available in most countries (unlike the Nook).
Cons A smaller range of books available to Australians (not the Kindle's fault - its the publishing industry). No option to bypass the higher price ($US11.99) and pay the US price ($US9.99) and download books over the Internet.
Summary I love my Kindle. The screen is simply spectacular. Every time I show it to someone they just can't believe how good it is. Reading books on it is an absolute joy. They designed the product to "disappear" so that its just like reading a book and they've done it well. The range and price of books is very good. I just wish the publishing industry would wake up and make all books available in all regions at the same time and same price (I'm in Australia). They're also making the same mistakes as the music industry made with DRM. I'm sure that will change given time. Being a mature product now (coming after the Kindle 1), its quite a refined product and there's really nothing to dislike about it. Amazon have done an excellent job with the Kindle and I'm feeling quite confident that they will become the dominant electronic reading device due to the quality of the product and the range of books available. Most other reading devices have missed the boat as it is the device with the best range of content that will win this race.
Pros I use this for personal reading as well as reference for math/computer science. The DX along with the Kindle for PC software really makes my life easier. The DX is a robust, well thought out product.
Cons The PDF support on the DX is ok, but I would like change fonts. The DX is fine as it is, but the Kindle-For-PC really needs text search, annotation, and color capabilities.
Summary One of my favorite tools (maybe *the* favorite). Lightweight, holds thousands of books, a week between charging, reads like paper in direct sunlight, and free roving internet make it the perfect companion for a developer. I read the technical references while travelling, and use the free Kindle-For-PC on a separate monitor when programming. The combination is wonderful. Incidentally, if you use Windows 7 with a multi-touch, you can flip pages on Kindle-For-PC with gestures, as well as make the font larger. The free internet browsing and musing playing is a plus, although certainly basic.
I also got the smaller one for my luddite Lady (who was unconvinced of the need) and now she won't part with it. When she travels she might forget for cell phone, but she never forgets the Kindle.
Good for avid readers, commuters and travelers
Cons Screen too smalll to comfortably read.
Annoying click when flipping pages
Internet access slower than dial-up
Slippery, cover & booklight purchases a must
Books over $9.99, over paperback price & "free" books limited.
Summary Even at $259, it's too much for a one trick pony. The novelty wears off, esp for avid readers.
Screen is just too small, comfortable font size pg is about 1/2 of a paperback book, causing excessive clicks to flip. Yes, others can hear your clicks.
Technology seems outdated.
Most of all, Amazon should take market strategy of cell phones: drop price of unit to $80 or less to saturate the market (that's what it's worth) then make money on the books, etc. Instead, they are raising prices of the books - mine's going back.
"Great ebook Reader"on by gevaugha
Pros Free Wireless Access
Great Battery LIfe
Cons Screen too small with PDFs
B/W - No Apps
Summary The Kindle is a perfect eBook Reader!
Pros Light weight; easy reading; no glaring back light; easy book access including archived ones; recovery of shelf space that used to store several hundred bboks; read anywhere one sesires. Good manufacturer support. Specific buttons than touch screen.
Cons Navigation soemetimes is confusing and takes a little learning for an older person. I am 76.
Summary Read anytime I want and especially when having to wait in doctors' offices when the staff is overloaded or for whatever reason they are behind time-wise..