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5.0 out of 5 stars
Kindle newbie, 18 Sep 2010
As a first time user of the Kindle i was unsure what to expect, i've never so much as laid hands on any previous incarnation.
Very slim and stylish device. All the curves are in the right place but not too "girlie" so i can happily show it in public!
I also ordered the leather case and light and for anyone who hasn't got this it is a MUST. It fits like a glove and makes it look a million times better, the light is very useful and not just an irrelevant add on. It is extremely well designed. Very light too.
Ease of use:
I couldn't believe just how easy it was to download books. It already had my details stored on one-click, all i had to do was add my wifi password and that was it. Just went to the kindle store and chose a book and pushed the button. That was it. by the time i clicked home, the book was all ready for me to read. So ridiculously simple it shouldn't be allowed. The speed of downloads was exceptional. No hassles, no hold-ups. Nothing.
Again never having used any other device before i was unsure what to expect. The text was clear and crisp. The font perfectly sized. I fiddled around with the font and spacing settings and realised that the default font is the best. The turn page button is in the right place. At first i was hoping it would be lower as my thumb was too lazy to move the required half an inch upwards to turn the page, then i realised it was deliberately set like that so that there would be no "accidental" page turns. I like the fact there are no other unneceasary buttons on the side.
The speed of page turns at the beginning was a slight concern, i wasn't expecting the very slight delay. But i soon got used to it and now no longer even think about it.
I havent used the 3G on it yet so cant comment, but the wifi is so good the 3g is barely required unless if someone wants to download on the move.
The text to speech was novel, i wasnt expecting that. But the software behind it needs a bit of work. Great idea, that a future software patch will improve.
The browser again is very basic, but since it wasn't a feature i was even expecting it does not matter. Again a future software update could improve it considerably.
Hardly anything. I am having to scratch my head as it really does everything i want it too. Although i am slightly curious why the screen size is not extended out slightly as there is a lot of "spare real estate" on the kindle. At least 1cm on either side. Or if the screen size is to remain the same size, the kindle can easily be shrunk a little more. The 5 way controller is slightly fiddly due to my fat fingers, and i would have designed it slightly differently. But hardly a show stopper.
Superb device in pretty much every aspect. I have read 4 books on it in less than a week, it literally invites you to read. Superb design and functionality. Hardly any gripes at all and a couple of software patches could make it even better than it is. And definitely make sure you get the leather case and light for it. It makes an already brilliant device even better.