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Perfect travel companion,
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This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite (Electronics)My partner has had, and loves, the Kindle Keyboard for six months, so it's interesting to get a chance to compare: firstly, I would suggest that short of a flexible, fold-up colour e-reader, the form factor for this Kindle is perfect. It's incredibly light yet feels well made and of good quality. It's a significantly more pleasing form to hold than the previous version.
One thing the smaller size does begin to highlight though is the slight awkwardness of the side buttons - it may be a better bet to hold back for the touch version where a tap to the left or right of the screen will advance or retreat a page. It's a small detail but I can see getting a little annoyed by the movement required to click those page buttons now that they sit on a smaller bezel. A note on that bezel: amazon have cleverly included a very small and thin black frame around the inner edge, where it touches the excellent e-ink screen. That thin line of black frames-pages in a very pleasing manner.
The small worry about text entry many of us had turns out not to be an issue, the virtual-keyboard on the new smaller Kindle is fine and so the 'loss' of a keyboard really doesn't feel like a big deal.
One other difference is the screen-savers: gone are the portraits of writers and in come some very pleasing abstract images of the instruments of literature: typewriter keys, type blocks - that sort of thing. I much prefer the new set.
I'm still a big fan of 'real' books but where this new size and weight really scores is that it is now genuinely pocket-sized. I often prefer to leave a bag at home on day journeys, preferring to travel as light as possible. It's nice to have a book or a magazine to read but even a paperback can be a bit awkward to stuff into a jacket-pocket, the Kindle isn't - it's an absolutely ideal travelling companion.
Great product. Why not five stars? Whilst the screen is great for e-ink, it's still not as high contrast as paper and that must surely be a goal for e-readers as the technology progresses so I'm a tiny bit disappointed that amazon haven't brought any improvement in that area to the new Kindle. It's a tiny negative though and one that in no way spoils the user experience.
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Initial post: 5 Nov 2011 05:29:11 GMT
Sharareh Hall says:
Thanks for nice review. I am still confused. The 89 pounds does not have keyboard but expensive Kendle has. Why? Does this mean that one can access to internet with more expensive Kendle and write emails and check out Amazon? Can this not be done with the 89 pounds smaller/no keyboard one? Which one should I buy then? I like to download books and it will be of advantage if I can check out internet.
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