"Most Enjoyable Electronic Reading Experience - EVER!"4.5 starson by meeshelles
Pros: 1. Size/Design
2. First Use
5. Built-in Web-browser.
6. MP3 Feature
7. Text-to-speech Feature.
Cons: 1. Experimental Web-browser
1. The size and design is just perfect. Easy to use, nice to look at.
2. Getting started out of the box was effortless. I was reading within 5 minutes.
3. The price is unbelievable. Absolutely affordable, cheaper than the new Ipod Touch.
4. The screen is unlike any other. I read longer, faster, and it's easier in every way.
5. It has a built-in web-browser.
6. I can listen to MP3's while I'm reading!
7. Text-to-speech feature is amazing, though with some books, the "voice" of the author is lost. The digital voice is still pretty believable, though.
1. The experimental web-browser is, as of yet, my only disappointment. But then, I did not buy the Kindle for web-browsing. That's what my MacBook Pro is for...
A little about me: I compute on a Pro, I own an ipod touch 2g and 4g, some older ipods, a BlackBerry for voice calls, and have a few handheld gaming devices as well. I carry with me my BlackBerry, my ipod touch 2g, and sometimes a digital camera, if I'm traveling or going to a special occasion for instance. When I travel, I always bring my Pro. I own a Kata bag that stores all of my digital devices and cords/power support and have no issues bringing 5 or 6 devices along because they all do something exclusively well. For instance, I plug my ipod into my car, and listen to music on it while I'm at the gym. I could listen to music on my BlackBerry, sure, but it doesn't hold as much music and sometimes it rings. In the same light, I don't want to carry an expensive laptop with me everywhere, constantly watching it and lugging it around, making sure it's not exposed to extreme temperatures, being dropped, or that I'm not leaving my charger somewhere.
I got the Kindle NOT because it is another cool device or that I'm an electronics junkie, though both are true, but rather because I love to read and I love to read LOTS of books at one time. Sometimes I will get 4 or 5 books from the shelf and spend the next week reading or re-reading them. This creates a huge mess... because with books come notepads and pens and highlighters and before I know it, my coffee table is in chaos.
This is my first e-reader. I've been reading e-books for years, too many to count, on PCs, MACs, Palms, BlackBerrys, ipods, and PS3s just to name a few.... I've never had such an effortless reading experience in my life. Not even on a computer or ipod, not even in a book! I am able to read much faster on this screen, because I am not fiddling to hold a book open without damaging the spine, and because I don't have to single out a page or remember my place. I am flying through e-books and I have to say the e-ink screen is even less fatiguing than a paperback as every letter is displayed at the same contrast: no glare from light, and no bright or dark spots like with a book.
3G, in my opinion, is completely unnecessary. I live in the Sa Francisco Bay Area and there are free wi-fi spots all over. How many McDonald's do YOU see in a day? Though I don't even anticipate buying a book on the go, I could. Get the 3G if you think you'll be purchasing LOTS of books on the go, or if you plan to do a lot of browsing on the experimental web on the go, which I can tell you right now, you'll probably never do, especially if you have a cell phone with data and web... The browser is just not good enough to want to use... ever.
So obviously I'm experiencing mixed feelings about the experimental web-browser. The option alone is praise-worthy: a free, nationwide web-browsing experience via the 3G Sprint Nextel provider? Or a free wi-fi web-browsing experience while reading a book? OK, the first option sounds great, but the second: why would I want to browse the web while I'm reading? This feature at the price point of FREE is revolutionary, but that it's experimental makes me wonder if Amazon will continue to offer, and develop, this technology, as I have already frozen my Kindle while playing around on FaceBook.
Being able to register multiple Amazon accounts is great, and converting my non-Kindle books has been a breeze, but the real joy for me is in the screen, the light weight, the effortless turnpage buttons, and the construction quality. The Kindle Store on amazon.com is also great. Pretty much every book I have purchased in the last 2 years has been available in a Kindle edition, and that is wonderful, as I easily spend the cost of the wi-fi model in a single book purchase on Amazon...