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5.0 out of 5 stars Lighter, smaller and looks great, 5 Oct 2011
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Length:: 8:50 Mins

I already have the original Kindle with the keyboard and have been extremely pleased with it. As soon as I saw this smaller, lighter version of the Kindle I thought I would get it to carry around with me when I go to work and in my handbag.

It has the same functionality that is available on the original Kindle, it just doesn't have a physical keyboard. If like me you didn't use the keyboard much then it is worth losing it to gain a smaller reading device. There is an on-screen keyboard available for inputting data which is controlled by the four way selector button. It is more time consuming to use than the physical keyboard but I didn't find it to be too much of an issue.

This Kindle is significantly smaller in size and lighter in weight than the older version. This means that it is much more comfortable to hold for long periods of time without making your wrists ache from holding it. Despite being lighter it still feels sturdy, solid and well made.

The front of the Kindle has the four way controller button which is used for much of the functionality and making selections. There is still a home button which takes you as you would expect, back to the home page of the Kindle. This is where your downloaded books and collections are stored. There is a keyboard button that brings up the onscreen keyboard and a back button that takes you back to the previous screen. The final button is the menu button that contains most of the functionality and options you will need to manage your Kindle.

On the right and left hand side of the Kindle you have the forward and backward buttons that allow you to change pages. By being on both sides of the device it means that you can use your preferred hand to turn the pages. The buttons are less prominent than on the original device but they seem just as easy to access and turn pages with.

The Kindle comes with a USB charger which will enable you to charge it directly from a computer, laptop, netbook etc. Note that this Kindle does NOT come with the plug adaptor for mains charging - this option needs to be purchased separately.

After charging and switching the Kindle on the screen and e-ink looked sharp, it was easy to read the words on the screen - a good contrast between them. Also, your eyes won't get as tired if you read for long periods of time as there is no backlight - something many other e-reader devices use.

This newer Kindle has less storage space than the original one, you can store around 1,000 books instead of 3,000 but this isn't a problem as you can remove books after reading them. Amazon store all the books that you have purchased and you can redownload any book you have removed within a few seconds.

The battery life is also lower than the original Kindle. I normally had to charge my original device up once a month - it seemed to go on forever. So even if this one needs charging every three weeks, so what? You can extend your battery life by turning off the wireless option once you have downloaded your books.

As someone who had virtually stopped reading books before purchasing a Kindle it has made a huge difference to me. I am never without my device and generally get through a book every one to two days. If you enjoy reading books and you haven't already bought yourself a Kindle then I would highly recommend treating yourself to one.
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Initial post: 5 Oct 2011 13:37:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Oct 2011 13:46:06 BDT
Beanie Luck says:
Good review, but as you have made a 5 minute video review i would of liked to of seen the new kindle actually working and you going through the menu etc because everything that you mentioned in the video we already know about with regards to size, weight etc.

Im a non kindle owner and still cant make my mind up so i was hoping that someone was going to do a side by side comparison of the kk and the new one so that you can see the differences on the screen, menu use, ease of book finding etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 13:40:41 BDT
D. Jones says:
Thank you for your feedback. I will try to update my video to show the kindle being used.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 13:46:25 BDT
Beanie Luck says:
Thats brilliant, thanks so much :0)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 15:19:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Oct 2011 15:19:30 BDT
I have both the keyboard and now the new one (the newer one was complimentary!!). Don't fret over which to choose, they are both fabulous at what they do - making reading easier than on a big thick paper back. If you think you'll be making lots of notes (studying for a degree in english lit or something) then you'll be happy witht he newer version. The features I use the most are dictionary and font size - both are incredibly easy to use on either machine

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 15:53:28 BDT
Beanie Luck says:
honestly i have never stressed about a decision so much ever, its been ages now, i picked a new car in less time lol

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 16:21:41 BDT
dont forget Amazon's 30 day guarantee, order the one you think most suitable then if you don't like it, send it back for the other one

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 16:29:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Oct 2011 17:23:49 BDT
Beanie Luck says:
That's a good point. I keep going back to the kk, a lot of people have recommended it over this one . I have my entire library organised in calibre by series and I have all the book covers and I want to choose the one that will offer me the most seamless integration. I want to be able to see the book covers and access the books by series .

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 16:35:12 BDT
I've just decided I like the page turn buttons on the kk. If you get a duragadget cover for a tenner you can use this as a stand. As yet i don't see a stand-cover for the new smaller version. Therefore at the moment the kk gets my vote

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 16:36:19 BDT
plus in the keyboard version you get a charger so the price difference is minimal.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 16:50:08 BDT
Beanie Luck says:
Ok so that's another vote for the kk then lol
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