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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle - probably the future of reading, 16 Sep 2010
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Having received my Kindle 3 I now feel qualified to review it; trying to be as balanced as possible.

First thing is I give this 4.5 stars, however since there is no half setting and a 4 isn't quite justified I popped it into the 5 star category.

When I received my Kindle it had protective films front and back, peeling these off reveals a matt textured back and a screen with a satin finish. For something so thin it feels quite solid and pleasingly weighted.

Whilst the screen is not as white as regular paper it is really rather good, Pearl grey is an excellent description and for those who are not sure, you can download the free Kindle for PC App and a free book from the store; once you have this go to the text button (Aa) and set the brightness control to about 70%. This will show you what the screen looks like in average lighting conditions. Dimmer conditions make the screen look somewhat darker but it is nice and clear with good contrast. Much has been made of the ability to read in bright sunlight and while some people have said there is glare from the screen I have not found this to be so. Admittedly if you hold your kindle at just the right angle you can get the screen to be difficult to read due to reflection but I would argue that this is true for almost any kind of screen and unless you really try to make it a problem it wont be!

The main page buttons are on the sides and feel good, with the forward button being twice the size of the back button. The keypad is functional and while the buttons are small (about 5mm across) they are quite usable. The 5 way controller is small but I find no problem using it and all the buttons have a slightly roughened texture that means your fingers feel secure on them.

Using the Kindle is a doddle and I'd reccomend reading the manual before using it but anyone familiar with menu driven systems will be able to do basic things without help. My Kindle was not registered to my account when it arrived, but I had changed the Names etc while the order was being filled, so that wasn't a shock. I found the registration quickly enough and it took seconds to complete as did connecting to my WiFi. As soon as that was done the books I'd ordered started to download and it took maybe 10 minutes for 32 books.

Reading a book is as simple as looking up the title on the home screen, simply press Home, use the page buttons to find the page with the book you want, use the 5 way to underline the title and then click the centre of the 5 way to select. Once reading a book you can set your kindle to sleep mode or turn it off then simply turn it on again and carry on reading from where you left off.

To summarize, It feels good in the hand, the screen gives great readability and whilst it could be whiter it is fine as it is. The interface is good but not perfect, but can and probably will be updated. Books are easy to get and can be obtained from places other than Amazon so you aren't tied to them.

If you're thinking of buying an E-reader then this is probably the best their is!, I don't regret buying it and in fact am happy to reccomend it to anyone...
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Initial post: 22 Sep 2010 23:11:41 BDT
I have bought the new Kindle I cannot get it connected to my wireless broadband. It is asking for a password which I do not know. Can anyone help me with this please

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2010 23:42:22 BDT
You dont mention who your broadband supplier is but if it is sky then the password is printed on the label on the back of the router, other suppliers may have it printed underneath or on a little card that came with the router. Have a look in the setup instructions these will tell you where to find it, If all else fails contact your service provider.

Posted on 26 May 2011 20:32:50 BDT
Tellboy says:
These customers have not had any problems YET when they do they will find the problems that i have .
You cannot find how to get service or repairs ,but they will be guided to an expert who will tell them what to in the event of a problem, THIS WILL COST 28 POUNDS . I have only had mine since Oct and i am having trouble, the book is doing all manner of things
So buyer beware , dont believe all you read.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2011 20:53:14 BDT
Tellboy why have you posted this here? this is a review not a srvice thread. As for problems - I havent had any, and my kindle gets bounced around in the car, left in the Baking hot / freezing cold car (usually by accident) Its also used everyday sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes for hours, no problems other than forgetting to charge it.
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