"Fantastic!"on by jazziej831
Pros Easy to use, quick downloads with free WI FI.
Cons Expense of new books. Adding new books can be expensive to your bottom line if you read a lot.
Summary As a person who reads a lot of books, I was a "holdout" on conversion to the e-readers. That changed at xmas with a gift of the Kindle. My only question is why did I wait so long??? Easy to use and superfast downloads of new books. I'm still a "newbie" as far as Kindle users go, but so far I love it.
Pros The size, shape and weight of this "gadget" is only the beginning of it great features. The electronic ink makes it like reading a newspaper, but less cumbersome. The ability to carry 3500 Books in the palm of your hand is a mind blowing experience.
Cons There are few glitches in the software I noticed and had to reboot at least once. I noticed that some of the characters in print did not translate well, but they were only minor distractions.
Summary Getting down to brass tacks, the Amazon Kindle 3GG is a tour de force. A gadget to be reckoned with. Lightweight and easy to carry, it's the perfect friend to have if your traveling, riding the train or just sitting in front of a cozy fire. Much of the content that can be downloaded (in less than 60 seconds)is free of charge or greatly discounted, compared to it's papyrus counterpart. The Kindle store at www.amazon.com offers thousands of choices of books, magazines, blogs, newspapers and Kindle Accessories. There are also Kindle Apps for PC and many of today's Smart Phones. The Kindle is easy to use and like many of the great gadgets to come along in the last decade, ie DVR, MP3 Players and Smart Phones, the Kindle "Hits the Mark." I love this gadget.
Pros 1. Decent screen. New pearl e-ink is improvement
2. Webkit web browser far superior than in kindle 2
3. Unbelievable access to 3g in Europe and Asia. This is huge. Free access with browser function.
4. No monthly fees.
5. Lighter than ipad
Cons 1. Browser could be faster
2. Lack of epub support should be corrected
3. Touch screen would be useful
Summary This is a great product and improvement over Kindle 2. The reading experience is easy and is complementary to my other devices. Ipad is great but is a bit too heavy to add to the laptop and iphone I usually have to carry anyhow. This device is light and the international support for 3g is unbelievable. Using ipad overseas is a pain and very expensive (I don't even like using the iphone with the international charges). Now I can do without both sometimes since the 3g is sufficient to do simple things. Google maps even works.
The pdf support is great too especially since it uses so much less battery life than laptop or ipad. If I am reading docx, I just save as pdf and read on kindle which is easy with usb hookuo. I can annotate with kindle too although a touchscreen would be better.
Overall a great deal especially if you are overseas a lot.
Pros Light weight, extremely useful outside in the sun and very easy to carry around when you're out and about.
Cons Unfortunately the third-generation Kindle has not or was not properly tested before being released to the public.
Summary So far Amazon is in the process of sending me my 4th replacement Kindle. It has an extreme problem of the screen freezing. Which you then have to hard reboot the Kindle in order to bring the Kindle back to life. When the screen finally comes up you are at the homepage rather than at the book when you put the Kindle to sleep. You then have to locate your book on the home screen, open it up and then if you want to go to the page where you left off at, you have to re-sync it and hope that you had the wireless turned on when you put it to sleep or else it will not keep track of where you stopped reading at. Customer service is telling me that when you stop reading you should 1st go to the home screen and then put the Kindle to sleep in order to keep the page at where you were at when you stop reading. However, the 1st and 2nd generation Kindle had absolutely no problems at all as far as opening up at where you left off no matter how you put your Kindle to sleep. Amazon customer service has been extremely helpful with my problems by continuously sending me replacement Kindle's , but I feel that they should fix the problem rather than always haveing to send me a new Kindle every week. The only reason why I gave it such a high rating is because I truly love the Kindle when it works but it's just starting to get a little bit ridiculous as far as trying to get one that actually keeps on working properly.
Pros Small and easy to read in all but darkness. Big selection of books.
Cons Our 2 family kindle 3Gs returned and replaced but continue to fail. Can't often find the page you were on, often reboot or lock up. Service responsive but problems continue. Running latest version of software which has the same problems.
Summary Like: Features, readability, small size, large selection of reading material.
Dislike:1. Spend almost as much time watching it reboot or trying to get back to my last stopping point (page by page) as I do reading.
2, Most times it can't find the place I have read to when I open a book. I was at 43% and it takes me to 3% or 92%.
3. I set book marks to get back to where I stop - a pain - and even there it can't always find it.
4. For people with vision problems it is great that they can set it for a large font but since they can't do that for the home and menu pages, they still can't use it as they can't read home to find their book or the menu options. Not well thought out.