"My New Addiction"on by cloudhair
Pros Portability, Amount of Books it can hold, Link to Amazon, 3G to wirelessly download even overseas, Easy to Read,
Being able to send Word documents to yourself, Built-in Dictionary, Being able to search through all the books you have on it...I
Cons The battery is internal but then again so is the ipod's. The web browser is not great but is useful in a pinch, especially if you can't find wi-fi. I also sometimes miss the page numbers.
Summary I'm not sure how anyone could rate this less than three stars. The Kindle really delivers what it promises. I got mine about 2 weeks ago and have been using it constantly ever since. I am currently traveling in Asia and I can't believe I used to travel internationally without it. The person who complained about not having enough memory is crazy. Does anyone really need to bring more than 1500 books with them at a time? This is plenty for me. Some people complained about no wifi but the 3G has worked all over Asia for me. This is more convenient than having to sit at a Starbucks or one of the few places here that actually offers wi-fi. The web browser isn't the easiest to use but I've mainly enjoyed being able to download books while traveling using the 3G. I have even downloaded travel books while I am here to navigate through these foreign cities. I am giving a presentation later and just used the function where you can send word documents to yourself. This is great! Now I do not have to bring my bulky laptop to read my notes. I can just bring my light and portable Kindle. I like how you can take notes as you read using the full keyboard. I have also used the dictionary feature a lot and it's helping me to expand my vocabulary as I read. I have already finished several books and did not feel the eye strain one can get from reading a computer screen. I would recommend this to anyone. In fact, I tell pretty much all my friends about its exciting features. It really is a must for the reader/traveler.
Pros Living in Japan, I can fully access the US Amazon online site for free. I transfer the books and print media via USB cable and do not incur other charges. Plenty of free classics exist. As a commuter, I enjoy the wide selection of books on it.
Cons I worry about changing the battery in the future. Am I going to get the same unit back or another one. I hope that Amazon will return the exact same unit that I have now. But I have not been able to get a definitive answer from customer service.
Summary The international delivery fees, plus the time it takes for a print-book to arrive from the US or via Amazon Japan was a big drawback. Now, I have a choice, a $1.99 for WiFI delivery, which is cheaper than the minimum $10.00 and two week wait, within a few minutes, or I can forgo all delivery charges when I transfer via USB. The great variety of fiction and non-fiction books that are available is very satisfying. However, the newspapers and magazines lack photos and most graphs and charts. This is a definite drawback because without them many magazine and newspaper articles are lacking serious components. It seems to me that pictures, photos, graphs, and charts could easily be included in the Kindle versions. One feature that I enjoy is the highlighting, clipping, and annotating feature. The keyboard needs some getting used to, but once I did, I found myself annotating a lot. I found that I can send PDF files directly to my Kindle via USB port. They are page by page navigable, and that is fine. As noted previously, I am concerned about the battery replacement policy and want the same unit back. I am awaiting a definitive answer from Amazon, although I expect that it may be a year or so before I need to be concerned. Lastly, as an expat living abroad, it has been costly to get new books either by mail or to get to a bookstore with English books. For example, one issue of Foreign Affairs costs about US $20.00 in a bookstore in Japan; via Kindle it is $5.99. The Atlantic is about US $18.00 in a bookstore; the Kindle version is around $5. With the Kindle and the variety of titles and media available, I feel as if I am reconnected with mainstream US culture.
Pros The e-ink is great and easy on the eyes.
Cons Expensive one trick pony and e-books need to get cheaper.
Summary I bought this for my girlfriend. She loves to read so this looked like the next best thing then running around the bookstore. The e-ink is very easy to read and the fact that you can do some limited surfing online with news and blogs is a bonus with free wireless connection. It is an expensive way to get into e-reading, the e-books have to get cheaper, but the overall experience is very good.10 months later and we still love our one trick pony Kindle 2. We love it so much, we pre-ordered the new K3.
Updated on Aug 18, 2010
Pros Like iPod did for my music, the Kindle means I can easily take my favourite books, reference materials and uni readings everywhere. The screen's great. It's basic now but relatively cheap and u can get around the restrictions on US only books. Shh!
Cons It feels very fragile, so I think it is essential to have a sturdy cover. The buttons are slightly clunky.
Pros Easy access and store integration, easy archival of read books, less than a minute to download a book, long battery life, free cellular internet access, screen reads like paper, text-to-speech, PDF support, lightweight, and an overall simple design.
Cons Slow internet access, "limited" number of titles available on Amazon, no Wi-Fi, cover isn't included, only 2GB of fixed memory with no expansion, proprietary format and DRM, text-to-speech can be disabled by publishers, no lending of books.
Summary Simply put, the Kindle was the first major e-reader product that actually took off. Sony has their line of e-readers and the Barnes and Noble Nook is technologically better, but the Kindle started a revolution of reading books on electronic devices.
Great gift to give an avid reader, technophile, or anyone that you think would enjoy an electronic book reader.