2,063 of 2,111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review for the glass half full persuasion.......
Buying a bog standard, lower end kindle for myself with Xmas money was purely on the basis of money available at the time. That said, I would have no intention of buying any other reader when this one eventually expires because I've thrashed it too much. ;-)
My reason is simple. I have an ipad but for reading, the glass screen tended to glare after a while...
Published 11 months ago by ThermalSteve
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ok, while it worked
Was great while it worked, original display froze after 6 months, to be fair to Amazon they replaced it, but note that any replacement units only have the original warranty period as we have now had exactly the same problem with the replacement unit less than a year after being replaced and I've just been told its not going to be exchanged.
Personally I expect...
Published 4 months ago by Chris101
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2,063 of 2,111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review for the glass half full persuasion.......,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Black (Electronics)Buying a bog standard, lower end kindle for myself with Xmas money was purely on the basis of money available at the time. That said, I would have no intention of buying any other reader when this one eventually expires because I've thrashed it too much. ;-)
My reason is simple. I have an ipad but for reading, the glass screen tended to glare after a while. Don't get me wrong i adore the ipad but I wanted a book reader that does that and that alone.
The screen is built for no glare and reads just like a book.
The keyboard has been removed and put 'on-screen' to make for lighter reading. And if you just want to read this a big plus.
The buttons on the side to move forward or backwards a page are so subtle that it will become second nature and not interfere with your attention to the story. (Buttons are on both sides for lefties and righties too. God I love this product)
There is no backlight so there is absolutely no artificial leanings to the reading experience. It reads like a book should and buying a case with light feels like a book with a lamp on when you're in bed snuggled up.
For some, what I have said above may seem like they have 'left out' certain perks so they can reach the budget buyers but for me all the above confirms (and will to the readers who love a proper book and are unsure whether to change), is that everything that is unnecessary when all you want to do is read a book isn't there.
The best way to sum it up is.........
This Kindle is bog standard. It does nothing more than 'be' a reader. There's no fancy asides. It is what it is. And it does it perfectly.
1,445 of 1,509 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value device for reading!,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Black (Electronics)This review is intended to answer all your questions about the Kindle that you may need answers for to help you consider purchasing the Kindle.
There are two current types of Kindle ereader: the £69 basic Kindle (this one) and the All New Kindle Paperwhite (the "All New" denotes that this is the 2nd generation Paperwhite). I now own both the £69 basic Kindle and the All New Kindle Paperwhite. Please read my review on the Paperwhite for further comparisons between the two models.
If you would like a touch screen device that you can read in the dark, flip around the book a bit and read footnote or character heavy books much more easily, you may wish to consider the Paperwhite. If you would like a budget device and don't need these features, consider this Kindle.
Personally, I find it worth forking out an extra £40 for all the extra features on the Paperwhite.
The Kindle has about 2 gigabytes of storage and can hold about 1,400 eBooks. The main formats it can read are the Kindle formats (AZW3, AZW and MOBI), PDF, TXT, DOC and DOCX. It also has an "experimental" web browser, but does not support audio.
INTRODUCTION TO E-INK:
It features an E-Ink display, which is unlike any other, such as the most common (LCD), which is used in tablets, mobile phones and televisions, etc. An E-Ink pixel is a tiny capsule that carries black and white particles suspended in a fluid. The particles are moved around by charges. Natural light then reflects off the particles on the surface, making the pixel visible. So, if the white particles are moved to the top of the capsule, it will appear as white.
E-Ink only uses up battery power when changing the contents of the display. It does not give out light, so although it looks great in sunlight, it is not visible in the dark.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q. If my Kindle breaks, will I lose my books?
A. No, they are backed up on your Amazon account.
Q. Is Wi-Fi necessary?
A. No! EBooks can be transferred via a USB port on a computer.
Q. Will it save my place in a book?
A. Yes, it saves your place in every book, even after it is deleted and downloaded again!
Q. Can page numbers be shown?
A. If page numbers are available for the book, they will appear when you press the menu button.
Q. Can the text size be changed?
A. Yes, there are 8 different font sizes.
Q. Can it read the common format ePub?
A. No. However, the free open-source software Calibre is good for converting ebooks, although it will not convert DRM (digital rights management) protected books.
Q. Are there many free classics available?
A. Yes! Over 40,000 titles are available free from manybooks.net and gutenberg.org! These are in the public domain, so they were mostly published before 1923 (copyright laws changed in that year).
Q. How long does the battery last?
A. Amazon states 14 hours (1 month at half an hour's usage every day) with Wifi turned off. I find that it is at least that, if not longer.
I will now give you the pros and cons of the device.
- The E-Ink screen is great to read in bright sunlight and causes no eye strain! The screen also has a matt finish so it does not create annoying reflections as other screens do.
- The inbuilt Oxford Dictionary of English allows you to move the cursor to a word on the page and get a definition of three lines at the bottom or top, so as to not interrupt your reading. A full definition is also available at two clicks of a button.
- It only takes about 1-2 seconds to turn on from full power off and comes back on in the same place you left it.
- Permanent bookmarks can be saved. You can also highlight passages, and it shows you passages that have been highlighted many times by others. (This can be turned off from settings).
- Foreign language to English dictionaries can be bought so you can quickly look up words in foreign books. I have one of these, and I recommend them.
- It has page turn buttons on each side so you can read one-handed.
- There is a 'go to' option from menu that can take you to the cover, the table of contents, the beginning or the end.
- E-Ink is not visible in the dark. It also looks quite grey when not in reasonably bright light. The Paperwhite, with its frontlight, is visible in the dark as well as in sunlight, and looks white in all conditions.
- E-Ink is monochrome (it can show shades of grey only). However, this doesn't bother me, because book covers still look fine. BE AWARE that if you go for the Kindle Fire for its colour backlit display, it will probably give you eyestrain and is also very difficult to read in sunlight. However, some people are immune to eyestrain.
- Your eBooks are nearly impossible to have on one device from different accounts. It is impossible to buy from two accounts at once for one device. BUY ALL EBOOKS FROM ONE ACCOUNT.
- It cannot read ePub format, and cannot be used with libraries in the UK as far as I know. In the USA, many libraries are now supporting Kindle books.
- The experimental web browser is slow to navigate.
- Typing is very slow because an on-screen keyboard comes up and you navigate it with the arrow keys.
- There is noticeable `ghosting' when set to refresh every 6 pages, especially on the 5th and 6th pages.
- Occasionally it may start doing a very fast flash between every page (even when set to refresh every 6 pages), quite unlike the smooth transition of refreshing. This also causes ghosting and less sharp text. I recently discovered that this occurs when the screen warms up! This means that reading in the sunlight can be annoying after 10 minutes or so.
A FEW HANDY TIPS:
- Up to 6 devices can be registered to one account.
- You can email eBooks and documents to the Kindle by sending to an address allocated to you by Amazon.
- If you press the keyboard button from anywhere on the device it gives you options to search your eBooks and documents, the book you are reading, the dictionary, Google and even Wikipedia.
I'm more than happy to answer any more questions!
To conclude, the Kindle is great, but could be improved slightly. However, it is certainly worth buying.
1,206 of 1,302 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted. Great,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Black (Electronics)Wow'..This is the goods. I got mine this morning from Amazon. It was so easy to set up, even I managed it, and that is saying something. Within under 20 minutes i had it all set up, and charging through my computer. I got 12 books on from Amazon, in next to no time at all. No more paying for postage, or having to wait for the postman to bring you a book to read. Great stuff.
Once you have found the book you want, All you need to do is press the buy it now button, and before you have time to blink, your book is ready and waiting for you to read. I must admit, for a while I have been thinking of getting a Kindle, but thought that they would be hard to get used to. I was wrong, They are just great. I know I will be taking mine out with me when go places. I got the leather case too, and they are a real team. I feel my Kindle is well protected, and no more getting fed-up waiting in a Dentists, or a Doctors surgery's, or any other place you have to wait. Just take out the Kindle, and enjoy what ever book you have picked.
I went for the basic one, as all I want to do is read a book. No bells and whistles on it. Just a basic kindle that I think is the best thing I have bought in ages. Thanks. Amazon..
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ok, while it worked,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Black (Electronics)Was great while it worked, original display froze after 6 months, to be fair to Amazon they replaced it, but note that any replacement units only have the original warranty period as we have now had exactly the same problem with the replacement unit less than a year after being replaced and I've just been told its not going to be exchanged.
Personally I expect a solid state electronic device that originally cost me over £100 to work for more that 12 months!
This is my third Kindle, won't be buying another one!
So buyer beware.
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628 of 689 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed by Amazon and the Kindle...updated!,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Black (Electronics)Firstly let me be very clear - I have loved my Kindle - used it nearly every day to and from work, I don't think I have ever read so much, so fast! I am very careful with my technology (I think I annoy my wife with how careful I am about it!) I always kept my device in a case, in my bag and never sat on it, dropped it, threw it (as I have heard others rightly castigated for). Suddenly, after exactly 13 months and 10 days the famed lines appeared on the screen....resetting etc made no difference.
Speaking to the very friendly Amazon staff confirmed my worst fears - that the device was out of warranty by a month and 10 days and that, to quote "this is very common - often when our customers have been using their devices regularly or when travelling with them." I asked if they could help at all and they told me "There is nothing else you can do and as it is out of warranty nothing we can do apart from possibly discount a new device" - Ok I said, as I am loath to be without my beloved Kindle......and this is where I am particularly annoyed, they offered me a new Kindle wi-fi for the heavily discounted price of......£67.99
Things go wrong, devoices break, warranties can only last so long - I do get this but 13 months for a device that has been loved and cared for? Customer service that amounts to offering me nothing? This is not simply about what I am due (Legally I appreciate this is nothing) it is about taking care of loyal customers and recognising that a premium device should last longer than 13 months. I am not a unique case, I am one of very very many. Just look......
After a prolonged back and forth with customer services (always very polite and helpful) my case was referred to a decision making team who have now dispatched me a replacement unit - I am yet to receive it but thought it was nevertheless important to point out that with some discussion Amazon has responded to my issues and for this I thank them. I look forward to this resolving the issues. My advice to those in a similar situation is to persist and request escalation politely - Amazon have shown themselves to being up to some reasonable decision making - well done and thank you!
189 of 208 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Black,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Black (Electronics)I have been using the Kindle app on a tablet pc and a Smartphone for some time now and I really like the convenience and the FREE BOOKS!! I read a lot so have saved quite a bit of money. But the drawbacks with these devices are the battery life and the fact that they are impossible to read outdoors due to lack of contrast and glare on the screen.
So I took the plunge and decided to get a Kindle, but which to choose? The new Kindle Fire looks great but it is just another tablet so I assume the same issues of screen contrast and glare will still be a problem. I was initially very tempted by the Kindle Touch but is it really worth the extra £40? All I want is to be able to read books on the Kindle, everything else I can do on my Smartphone or tablet. So I went for the basic Kindle. Then more confusion as there seem to be two models on sale at Amazon for £69, a grey one and a black one. After a bit of research I found that the black one is the 2012 model (version 5), pretty much the same as the grey model but apparently has better contrast and faster page turn, so that is what I bought.
It is nicely made and well built, easy to set up (as long as you know your wifi password!) and easy to read in reasonable lighting. In sunlight the background appears almost as white as paper, indoors it is a bit grey but no problem for me. The only trouble I had at first was getting used to the 5 way controller button, after a year of using a Kindle app on a tablet I kept wanting to touch the screen! Maybe the Kindle Touch would have been more intuitive for me, but I got used to it and you don't use the controller an awful lot anyway.
I still have a lot of friends and relatives who say there is nothing like holding a 'real' book in your hands, and nothing I say seems to convince them otherwise. Personally I find an e-book superior to a paper book in almost every way and I am reading a LOT more since getting Kindle, which has to be a good thing.
1. It has saved me money (I have over 40 free classics on my Kindle which in paperback version would have cost over £200). As an example, Les Miserables unabridged is a free Kindle download, to buy from Amazon in paperback costs £11.20.
2. It has given me access to the books of my childhood which I would not otherwise have bothered to buy in a shop. I had forgotten what a nice story 'Heidi' is!!
3. I no longer have to bother with grubby library books and all the bits of crumbs, dandruff etc which fall out from between the pages when reading in bed! :-(
4. It doesn't make my arms ache! I'm also currently reading 'the Wainwright letters', a hardback book, 400-odd pages (not available on Kindle) and its flippin' heavy!
The only thing I miss about 'real' books is the ability to jump around previously read bits if you need to refresh your memory about something, but you can always bookmark them anyway. And I suppose it is no big deal if you forget your £5 paperback and leave it on the sunlounger or the train etc.
616 of 681 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic Kindle from Amazon - wonderful,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Black (Electronics)Unfortunately I had my Kindle stolen while on holiday and this one was to replace it. It was an exact match to the one I had but because of the reduction in price the insurance covered the cost and I was over the moon when I found that I could just re-download all the books that I had on my Kindle. I could even afford to buy another cover. Although this is the most basic Kindle it does what it says on the box - I'm able to read anywhere with ease and store enough books so that I won't run out of reading material unexpectedly. Whoever invented this idea deserves a knighthood. Thankyou.
305 of 337 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Black (Electronics)This happens to be my first Kindle, so cannot compare it to its predecessors, and it was a birthday present so cannot really comment on the £69.00 price tag, although had I been looking for myself, I may well have seen the £69.00 price tag and decided to take the plunge anyway.
I find the appearance to be understated yet classy - a good thing! Although I do have some technical knowledge, I was really surprised at how easy it was to set up. I was expecting all sorts, but the biggest problem I had was finding my Wi-Fi password! A quick flick-through on the guide on the home page then helped me make a few minor setting adjustments and away I went ordering some of the free books. Really liking the fact some of the books are free on the Kindle, as this looks like it's going to open up my interest in a few different genres.
I thought I would miss holding a book and flicking through the pages, but I find moving between pages so easy at the push of a page up/page down button on the side. I found that the Kindle fits nicely into my hand, so decided to get a zip-case to keep it protected rather than the leather case. I find that everything on the screen is clear to read - very good for someone like me who does not have the best eyesight - and all the settings are easy to find.
Of course, I am not quite a master of all of this yet, but I suspect it will be quite easy to work out the rest as and when I want to. As someone who loved my books and made sure I looked after them well, it looks like I will be slowly disposing/selling them to get the Kindle versions of my favourite books.
181 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New lower priced black basic kindle,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Black (Electronics)This arrived this morning and it's lovely. Really light, and the new black and lower price are excellent. Comparing this with my husband's pewter coloured kindle 4, it does seem to have better contrast and slightly sharper text. I realise that the colour of the bezels may give an illusion, but I have overlapped the screens and it still seems a bit better. At £69, there's no excuse to wait any longer. Enjoy :D
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor shelf life,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Black (Electronics)Absolutely loved my Kindle while it worked, but Im not going to buy a new one every 18 months(screen problem). Complained to customer services and was offered a second hand one with a tenner off via an automatic reply (guess they get a lot of complaints about the same thing). Would probably buy another one when they can be made to last a reasonable amount of time. Until then..
Update - Amazon offered me a free replacement shortly after posting this. It obviously pays off to moan if you know you are in the right
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