- Lightest and the most compact e-book reader at 5.8 ounces in weight
- 5 way track-pad navigator for easy browsing and page turning
- Most advanced E-Ink Pearl technology for clear, crisp text and images without eye strain
- No need to worry about losing your ebooks with Amazon’s free cloud backup
- Sealed battery
- Limited storage of 2GB
- No expansion slot for memory
For the budget conscious people, Kindle, 6″ E Ink is a perfect option for the ebook lover whether you are a road warrior, a leisure traveler, a mom-on-the-go or a student with loads of books to lug around. It’s one of the best e book readers under $100.
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Ever since its launch in November 2007, Amazon Kindle, also known as Kindle 2, has been a rave among book lovers. Kindle allows you to carry a large library of 1,400 books wherever you go. Kindle has a remarkable design as well as boasts of functional improvement over the previous model. The rough edges of the first model are now replaced by a 30% lighter, 18% smaller and 10% faster page-turning version. The icing on the cake is it only costs $79.00.
- One of the noticeable improvements in terms of usability of the device is the 5 way tracker control. This helps you navigate smoothly through a book with just one hand.
- Kindle boasts its visual appeal which delivers content that closely resembles the feel of an actual book. The E-Ink Pearl technology with 800 x 600 pixel resolution gives excellent results for enjoyable reading experience.
- The device is great for reading in the living room as well as in bright outdoor, without external glare disturbing the visibility. This is where Kindle has a distinct advantage over your laptop or any other conventional LCD displays.
- Books, newspapers and periodicals can be downloaded through the Amazon site from almost anywhere in the world. Without needing a PC, content is available through “Whispernet”, a wireless 3G connectivity provided by Amazon through its tie-up with Sprint network.
- Long battery life: The E-Ink Pearl technology used by Kindle for rendering the eBook content uses minimal energy to rearrange pixels every time a page is turned. With wireless switched off, the device can provide great reading for a month (30 minutes/day) on a single charge. This comes as a great advantage if you are an ardent traveler with very little time and place to charge your device.
- Carry a library: Students till date, had great inconvenience carrying heavy textbooks around. Sifting through many of them was physically taxing. Kindle can prove to be very resourceful to students as well as content seekers. It allows them to store as many as 1,400 books, which are good enough to handle all curricular and extra-curricular requirements.
- Easily adjustable font size: There are 8 font sizes and 3 font styles. It can be adjusted with a click. No more eye strain for those of you who find the usual size 8-10 too small.
- Text-to-speech: Kindle offers Text-to-Speech, a feature that reads out an eBook to you word by word. This feature is extremely helpful to visually challenged users. It can also proven to be a great tool for you in case you want to do some “hands-free reading” or on the go.
- No expandable memory slot: One of the key features expected by many users was the support for standard memory expansion like SD or MMC format cards. However, Kindle has totally done away with the memory expansion slot. The built-in memory allows storage of 1,400 eBooks, which is more than enough for most readers.
- Sealed battery: Kindle has gone the iPhone way by making the battery compartment totally sealed and not allowing users to replace the battery. To replace the battery, Amazon charges you $60.00.
- No touch screen or keyboard: For those of you who like to annotate while reading, this is an inconvenience.
Amazon Kindle pioneered the e-book reader category. Kindle marks a step further toward better hardware and support, much to the delight of reading enthusiasts. With a price tag of under $100, you really can’t go wrong with taking a test drive with this ereader.
At the time of this review update (January 20, 2012), the average customer rating (3,129 in total) is 4.5 out of 5 stars. Here are a few samples:
“Fantastic device – pick your Kindle!”
“The most compact Kindle yet. Extremely legible display, snappy performance.”
Although the Kindle is available through a chain of retailers and e-tailers, the best place to buy your Kindle is the Amazon website itself. The device is prominently promoted on the home page of Amazon.com that guides you through all the features of the product in detail, and how to order it online.