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I just love it!,
This review is from: Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display (Electronics)I just love it. I first saw an e-reader a few months ago when I was shown a Sony one - I wasn't that impressed. Then I was shown a Kindle 2 while in America - this was more like it I thought. On returning to the UK I thought I would have a look in more detail at the Kindle and compare it to other readers. How thrilled and surprised was I to log on to Amazon and see there right in front of me the all new Kindle 3! I read all about it with mounting excitement. It did so many things, was Wi-Fi (I don't need the 3G version), so many of the classic books are free, and it just seemed to have all the added extras to make it almost too good to be true. The most amazing thing was the price - I couldn't believe it. Although it was out of stock I thought I shouldn't rush into buying it, it wasn't my birthday or Christmas so how on earth could I justify buying myself a present?
I pondered this purchase for a few days, and gradually the reviews started coming in which confirmed all my aspirations for the Kindle - the more reviews I read the more I felt that I just had to have one. I placed my order on August 20th and also bought a Kindle cover in burnt orange. The cover came very quickly which was almost unkind as it felt incomplete (as obviously it was waiting for the Kindle)! I waited and waited for the actual device to arrive and kept checking back to see if I was lucky to have the 'dispatching' notice. When I read that other people were receiving their Kindles from a later ordering date, I decided to ring CS. They were very helpful and although they said I would still have about a week to wait, that very day I received the 'dispatching' notice and it arrived within a few days. If anyone else has been waiting longer than they think they should, my advice would be to give CS a ring - it can't do any harm.
I was so excited when I opened the 'easy open' box - very clever minimal packaging, makes such a change from all this horrid plastic that comes encasing everything.
My one dread about switching my Kindle on was that it would not recognise our WiFi and then I wouldn't know what to do. No worries. I switched it on, up came our WiFi network and within a couple of seconds I had downloaded a free book that I had been wanting. Amazing. All the instructions that came with the Kindle were superb. The simple fold-out paper ones in the box were brilliant and the manual actually on the Kindle is very good. I have looked through all of it, but every now and again I like to go back to particular sections of it to refresh my mind of how to do something.
The reading experience is brilliant. I am not a great reader - I would like to be, but there always seem to be other things to do and I find actually going in to a bookshop quite muddling. With the Kindle I can look in the comfort of my own home, find a book of interest, download a sample and click 'buy now' if I so wish. So much easier than going to the shop or library. I was recommended a book the other day while talking to a friend, within seconds I had it on my Kindle ready to read! How clever is that!
I very much like the in built dictionary. I changed the default dictionary to the Oxford English - very simple. When I am reading I just highlight the word and instantly the definition comes up. I can then highlight it and save it to look at a later date - my vocabulary is already improving (I have to add that this is a very old classic that I am reading with unusual and unfamiliar words!)
I find the different size fonts very useful. I also like the way the screen can be changed from portrait to landscape instantly. Mostly I read my Kindle in portrait with the keyboard at the bottom, but at night when I am in bed I change it so that the keyboard is at the top - I find this less intrusive and somehow easier to use.
Although the Kindle is compact and comfortable to use, I have found that I find it easier to prop it up in a stand on a table to be even easier when I am sitting on a chair, or in bed I lay it on a small cushion which just gets it at the right angle without having to hold it all the time. Luckily the well designed cover folds completely back and the inside of the cover is non slip. I think it would be very useful if it had a folding support at the back, similar to a free standing picture frame, so that it could prop itself up on a hard surface. Likewise Kindle should design some 'Kindle inspired mini bean cushion' for use on a lap or in bed.
All in all I think it is a superb piece of kit. I never thought I would want an e-reader let alone buy one, but I have and I am very very pleased with my purchase. I can highly recommend it to everyone.
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2011 11:24:36 GMT
K. Denver says:
Like you I am worried about whether it will pick up our network. The technical guy put a password on it, and I'm not sure I can remember it. There doesn't seem to be enough information around to help people decide between the basic model and the 3G. That is what is holding me back.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2011 05:27:56 GMT
John Bennett says:
I'm expecting my Kendle "Graphite6" in a few days time. Question, does it allow the reader to be a slow one like I am? Particularly when I'm on a passage I like to re-read. When the prose is really good like the works of Ian McEwan, I like to savour the words. Be so kind and answer me. thank you, John Bennett
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2011 12:40:30 GMT
Hello and thank you for your question regarding the speed of reading.
You can read at whatever speed you wish - the page doesn't move onto the next one until you press the next page 'tab' convenietly situated on the right or the left of the device. If having moved onto the next page you want to go back and re-read a passage or check up on something, just press the 'back' tab, again situated on the right or left of the device. The screen will not change without you 'telling' it to - you are totally in charge.
I hope this helps and enjoy your Kindle when it arrives - mine still amazes me.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2011 21:23:01 GMT
John Bennett says:
THANK YOU for your prompt reply. I fogot to ask you can you control the font? Thank you agin.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2011 21:48:42 GMT
Hi, yes you can control the font size - there are 8 different font sizes which gives pleanty of choice and its very very easy to change within the different sizes.
Please feel free to ask me any other questions if you have any.
Posted on 3 Feb 2011 14:19:26 GMT
Just letting you know, Kindle cases with stands are available on amazon. I have one its a Tuf Luv Apocalypse Tree of life, and it cost me about £18. Its a flip one, I find I use the stand regular. preferring it to the book opening ones. as I am a lefty and tend to use the left page turning controls.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2011 14:29:32 GMT
Thanks for your comment re covers with stands. Yes I am aware of this cover and have looked at it, but I already have the Amazon lighted cover which is excellent (although over priced). I personally like to be able to fold the cover back. I get round the 'stand' issue, by either propping up my kindle in a separate stand if I am reading at a table, or rest the kindle on a small cushion on my knee when sitting in a chair. When reading in bed I have a similar arrangement resting the kindle on a cushion. Reading from the kindle like this I can use the page turning controls on either side - I like having the choice. I therefore hardly ever actually 'hold' my kindle which I much prefer.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2011 14:55:57 GMT
You do need your password for your router if your router is locked down.
The only difference between the devices is the 3g and the wifi. the 3g allows you to download books from anywhere using your amazon account. the wifi is what it says. it hooks up to wifi only.
for me the concerns where:
1, will I get enough use out of the 3G, is it slow(how long will 3G be around? 2G is practically unheard of these days!) and not only that is it really worth paying an extra £50ish for it?
2, will I always have wifi connection in my house?
3, is it likely I will want to download books whilst I am out and about? (I would probably plan ahead if I were to go anywhere)
I chose the wifi for these reasons:
1, you can take it anywhere where there is free wifi such as: Star Bucks, Macdonalds, internet/ wifi cafe's and buy books just the same as you do at home using your wifi.
2, I personally wouldn't have much use for the 3g as I have wifi at home, it holds 3500 books on it, and Archives much more (need internet connection for retrieving archived items) , I got mine in Jan and already have over 60 books on it, I believe the chances of me running out of books on it would be slim, if I was going on holiday anywhere I would stock up on new reading material for that holiday anyway but the chances are most destinations would have free wifi in cafe/ restaurants at my destination.
it all depends on your usage. I hope this helps
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2011 15:12:01 GMT
I'm not sure that this post was meant for me? I haven't queried the reasons for deciding to buy WiFi or 3g Kindle. I bought the WiFi version back in September for the very reasons you have stated and I would 100% back you up on your reasoning and comments.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2011 22:26:05 GMT
Hi, no. It was for Meant for K Denver, who replied to your post first, but no-one seems to have replied to his/ her reply, so I did. I hope you don't mind?