"Excellent Device"on by j816
Pros I find it comfortable reading the Kindle. I like the ability to change the size of the font and the line spacing. The controls are user friendly and it didn't take me long to start using the reader.
Cons I am disappointed in the price of many of the books and the inability to share books. It would've also been nice to be able to get ebooks from the library.
Summary I love my KIndle. I am hoping that some time in the future the price of the books will be more comparable to my online Book of the Month Club, $9.95 for most books. To be fair to Amazon, I couldn't find Scott Turow's latest book at B.O.M. I also like the fact that I can download a sample of the book before I buy it at Amazon.
Pros Light weight, fast page turns, excellent screen, great price, tons of books available
Cons Button layout, battery life less than expected, buggy software, sync and bookmark issues
Summary Being a traditionalist for e-readers, I really enjoy the high contrast of e-ink displays that give the look and feel of real paper with printed ink. While many readers are now catching up with Amazon on the newer screen technology, nobody can beat Amazon when it comes to price or selection which is why I opted for the new Kindle over other devices.
The reader is impressive with its slim design, built in wireless and fast performance. Buying a book is relatively easy and you can start reading a new book within moments of purchase. The Amazon book store is loaded with most of the titles you could ever wish for and they don't try to fool you into buying free books like Barnes and Noble does on their book store. The Kindle has plenty of memory to hold hundreds of titles, however it does lack a memory card option that many readers have now.
The down side of this reader is significant, but at the same time does not detract from the pleasure of actually reading books on the device in most cases.
My biggest complaint is that the software is buggy at release and menu navigation is overly complex and not intuitive at all. Creating, using , and deleting bookmarks is a terrible experience and requires repetitive button pushes just to maintain them. You can't simply select and the ones you don't want anymore; you have to jump to each page and delete it, then jump back to go to the next one and jump to that page, and so on. The menu system is sub par at best and reminds me of an old DOS program from 1990.
I have experienced battery life that does not seem to be the claimed month of reading (without WiFi on). A fully charged battery gets me a few weeks of life with occasional use of wireless. I like the sync feature as well since I can pick up where I left off on my Android phone. The feature does not always work as expected and often shows me the wrong page which is annoying. When I open a book, it often shows me the wrong page if the Kindle doesn't know which page to go to. I would prefer it either go to the last bookmark or to page one, but it goes to a page I had deleted the bookmark on a while back.
The buttons are flat and decent to use but the placement is frustrating for page turns. Depending how you sit, the buttons can be to hard to reach or too difficult to engage properly. This experience will be different for each user based on sitting style or hand size.
Overall, I love the Kindle reader, however I wish they had a better UI more like Sony's that is user friendly and easy to navigate. Although Barnes and Noble may have more books, Amazon has a better experience with their bookstore and by far with their reader. The new high contrast screen is wonderful to read on even in low light and performance is great. Buying a reader is an investment in that makers own bookstore since you can't take your books with you if you switch so I am pleased with my choice for moving to Kindle from Amazon.
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Updated on Jul 9, 2011
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Pros This device doesn't strain the eyes like tablet do, that is the whole reason why I bought it. The ease of use also helps
Cons cannot really do much except read on it. I love to multitask and carrying an extra tablet with me is extra weight. Would love to have the device do everything a normal computer can do one day
Summary great device for reading but needs improvements as far as functionality wise