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5.0 out of 5 stars Best ebook reader on the market, 6 Oct 2010
It dispatched a week before the initial estimate, and arrived the day after it dispatched with the standard free delivery, so full marks to Amazon and HDNL for that. It was well packaged too.

I bought this for a relative who is a keen reader, but spent a few days with it myself, loading it up with content for them and seeing if I could get on with it with a view to maybe buying one for myself.

The screen is the best of all the ebook readers I've seen and used so far. Easily enough contrast and little to no glare make it just about perfect. The refresh rate (page turns) and momentary black screen when transitioning between pages were a initial concern for me after using some of the other ebook readers, but with this device the page turns are usually super fast. Basically it turns as soon as your press the button. The flash to black which occurs is also a non-issue as it happens as my eyes flick up from the last word on the page before to the first word on the new page, so it goes largely unnoticed.

If feels and looks great in the hand to use. It's just about the perfect weight, has a nice textured back and is very slim. Probably about the perfect size, although perhaps a larger screen would have been nice - hopefully the Kindle DX will come to the UK too. Build quality feels very good, the keyboard is okay, though a row of number keys would have been nice as there's space for them (you have to click the 'sym' for numbers/characters or press 'alt' to use the top row of keys for numbers). Page turn buttons are very nice to use.

The Kindle store is the main selling point. It's fast and easy to browse. You can download samples for free and they are sent to the device in seconds for free. They have a good selection, with many more coming (apparently) and prices are usually less than the paper version, despite the fact you're paying tax on them (paper books are tax exempt). Hopefully the government/EU will get rid of the stupid taxation on digital books. Also there's loads of free books. I basically downloaded the top 50 free books for it.

The font options are great, I have good eye sight so have it on the smallest setting. The rotation is good for PDF's and web browsing, but Amazon's free conversion service make PDF handling superior to anything else out there (unless you convert it yourself).

The web browser is very good as a bonus addition, and the text-to-speech is surprisingly good... just a shame about the American accent. I haven't and won't use the MP3 player.

I bought the 3G version as free mobile internet was too good to turn down as my relative whom I bought this for has no internet access. Also the seamless experience with the Kindle store wherever you are is very handy.

It comes with a nice power adapte to mini-USB charger, which detaches to become the USB lead to connect to a computer.

Navigation is pretty straight forward as you can order things by most recent, title, author or collections. Collections are groups of books you can make and edit yourself. For example I've made a collection called classics which I put all the free pre-1923 stuff in.

The built in dictionary is amazingly useful (both English and American English Oxford dictionaries are pre-installed), I've not used the note making/highlighting feature and probably never will.

I've given it 5 stars as on the whole I'm very happy with it. It's the cheapest ebook reader, with the best screen, the best book store and comes with free 3G internet. A row of numbers on the keyboard and maybe an accelerometer for auto-rotating would be the only additions I could think of. Both are too minor to knock stars off. Bearing in mind things like the web browser, text-to-speech and the MP3 player are just bonus extras you can't really knock stars off if they're a bit rubbish. Also you can't really knock stars off for it not having colour or supporting video as these are inherent limitations of e-ink displays. Finally you can't compare it to something like an ipad which is three times the price and aimed at a completely different set of users.


Western Digital My Book 250GB Essential USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
Western Digital My Book 250GB Essential USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
Offered by stevecaptainkirk
Price: £59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Works well, 20 Sep 2010
Worked well for 4 years and then sold it to upgrade to a 1TB drive. Its a bit noisy, hence a star lost.


Panasonic TX-32LXD85 - 32" Widescreen HD Ready Viera LCD TV - With Freeview
Panasonic TX-32LXD85 - 32" Widescreen HD Ready Viera LCD TV - With Freeview

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 20 Sep 2010
A great value TV. A little behind on the technology side now (no LED backlighting, no Freeview HD, not 1080p) but bearing in mind its under £400 it's still great. The dynamic contrast is best turned off though, as it can be a little distracting. It handles static images and motion very well. Looks good too and has plenty of connectivity.


Football Manager 2007 (PC CD)
Football Manager 2007 (PC CD)
Offered by Satsumo
Price: £2.03

4.0 out of 5 stars Life consuming, 20 Sep 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I've deducted a star as it swallowed up far too much of my time, meaning I'm way behind on work.


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Mac)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Mac)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 20 Sep 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
If you like first person shooters and own an Intel Mac then this is a must buy.

Runs just as it does on the PC but natively on the Mac.


Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
by Lawrence Impey
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 20 Sep 2010
Probably the de facto O+G book for medical students and rightly so. I've yet to see a better textbook on the subject. Covers just about everything, though the STI/STD section is a little light, though that's probably more GU medicine then O+G. A must buy/read for medical students and handy to have around as a reference.


Open Heart Zoo
Open Heart Zoo
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £9.28

4.0 out of 5 stars Very unique, 20 Sep 2010
This review is from: Open Heart Zoo (Audio CD)
A unique and pleasurable listen. Difficult to compare or describe, but well worth a listen. The title track is the best song though, so don't expect too many hidden gems if you don't like it.


The Bumper Book of Bunny Suicides
The Bumper Book of Bunny Suicides
by Andy Riley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Very witty, 20 Sep 2010
Very witty and darkly comic. Always brings a smile on the bleakest of days. And at £6 for effectively a combination of the first 2 books its not bad value.


Pediatrics: Clinical Cases Uncovered (CaseBased)
Pediatrics: Clinical Cases Uncovered (CaseBased)
by Jonathan Round
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.69

5.0 out of 5 stars A must for SGUL students, 20 Sep 2010
Excellent paediatric textbook covering most of the common paediatric presentations and diseases in a very easy to read and understand way. Great for St. Georges students for obvious reasons.


Stethoscope + Sphygmanometer set (burgandy)
Stethoscope + Sphygmanometer set (burgandy)

5.0 out of 5 stars Works as you'd expect, 20 Sep 2010
Bought as a first year med student to practice taking blood pressures the old fashioned way. Works great and stethoscope has lots of attachments for different ears and a peadiatric diaphragm/bell as well as adult.


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