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Smaller, cheaper, a nice entry level Kindle,
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This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite (Electronics)I've been playing with my partner's shiny new Kindle and I'm impressed. It's a good bit smaller and noticeably lighter than the Kindle Keyboard and the silver colour is, to my mind, more attractive than the graphite KK. The e-ink and screen are precisely as in the KK and provide really crisp, clear text in a good-sized format. Can't say that I've really noticed the faster page turn associated with this newer model, but it is such a minute timing difference that that isn't entirely astonishing. The reduced 'flash' on page turns is, however, quite noticeable and a distinct improvement. Functions-wise most of the buttons work precisely the same way as those on the KK - the familiar 5-way controller now pleasingly centred, with two buttons on either side (a new feature 'keyboard' button and 'back' on the left, 'menu' and 'home' to the right). The page turn buttons continue to be located on both sides of the screen. They're the same length, but are now narrower and more sloped, saving space on the device. I prefer the new neater design to the ones on my KK - they're slightly harder to press and I don't find myself accidentally flicking through pages without intending to.
As I expected, I'm not a fan of scrolling around the virtual keyboard using the 5-way controller. This is rather laborious (if you didn't like the keyboard, you probably aren't going to like using this either) and I can't imagine wanting to use this to access the Kindle store. To be fair, if you didn't like the keyboard there's a good chance you didn't use it at all and won't make use of the virtual keyboards either - leaving you to simply enjoy the advantage of the new Kindle's smaller size.
Price-wise, the entry level Kindle seems reasonable in view of its quality and features. There continue to be a number of low scoring reviews in which the Kindle is slated for costing more in the UK than the USA. However, the comparisons made tend to wrongly contrast a $79 subsidised Kindle which displays third party adverts on the screensaver and home page (this deal isn't yet offered outside the US, presumably at least in part due to constraints imposed by the advertisers) with the unsubsidised version - which costs $109 - and is the version available in the UK. The prices shown on the US site do not include sales tax - as this varies by state, and (where applicable) is added at checkout, the UK price of £89 DOES include VAT at 20% - so we get no nasty surprises at checkout!
If you don't use the keyboard, aren't worried by the lower storage space and reduced battery life (there's still enough for 1,500 books on the kindle itself, to say nothing of Amazon's backup storage, and at half an hour a day usage, a month's battery life), are interested in core functions rather than experimental audio features and web browsing, and don't need a mains charger, this could well be the Kindle for you. In fact, if you do decide you need a mains charger, since introducing the new Kindle Amazon have put their own brand mains power supply on offer at half price and as Kindle takes the same size charger as the KK then there are a number of unbranded versions available. Indeed, a mains charger comes bundled with Duragadget's new range of cases.
Having tried the new Kindle, I won't be giving up my much-loved KK3G for one of these. I like it a lot - but still want the physical keyboard. My partner's user habits are different from mine and he's going to love it, as it's retained the features he loved from the KK and dropped those he didn't.
Edit: I was right, one very chuffed other half has been crooning over his 'precious' like a gollum. He doesn't agree with me about using the 5-way controller to work the virtual keyboard (says it's easy and points out that in fact there's more than one virtual kb to select from: upper and lower case alphabet + numbers; symbols; international characters in upper and lower case). But I'm not convinced. I hate having to use the 5-way controller to input data from just the symbols menu on my KK3G, so I can't see this growing on me, and I really don't like having to fiddle round switching between lower and upper case keyboards every time I need a capital letter.
Having had a good chance to use this now, there is one respect in which I think the new Kindle could be slightly disappointing: and that is in regard to font sizing. What could be done at the press of a button on the KK, is now buried under the menu functions - which makes the new Kindle less accessible to those with sight problems. Combine this with the loss of text-to-speech and the KK seems like a clear frontrunner for those with poor/impaired eyesight.
Overall this is an excellent product, but so are the Keyboard versions: it all comes down to your budget/user preferences.
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2011 14:17:37 BDT
Vicky Wood says:
Seren ade re the new Kindle and font size. Although maybe fiddly, is it possible to enlarge the font size for easier reading for impaired eyesight?
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2011 21:53:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Oct 2011 01:50:34 BDT
Yes it IS still possible to change the font size on the New Kindle. You open a book first, then press the menu button, and scroll down to the third menu option 'Change font size', press the centre ('select' button on the 5-way controller) and then use the left or right arrows on the controller to find the font size you're comfortable with. The size of the text changes as you scroll through so you can see a preview of what each font size will eventually look like. Once you're happy with the size, press the select button again to set your change.
Hope this helps!
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2011 10:09:47 BDT
Vicky Wood says:
Thank you for you reply, like so many I don't read enough but this sounds useful. Thanks again
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2011 09:43:41 GMT
Mrs. Sarah Robinson says:
thank you for your thorough review, i am buying a kindle for an 80+ yr old so text size is important.. once the text is changed is it a permanent fix, so she wont ever have to do the fiddly thing again. jsut weighing up between different models with her mind and your review has got me thinking!
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2011 11:39:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Nov 2011 16:55:02 GMT
The change of text size stays in place for content of books, but doesn't alter the font size in menus. She may still find that she still needs to change the font sizes sometimes as not all books start out with the same size font in them so 'bigger' and 'smaller' (which are essentially what you get to select) don't necessarily result in the same end display size for all books.
If you haven't found them, Amazon's Warehouse Deals are still selling refurbished models of the Kindle Keyboard wifi as well as the more expensive 3G version. You might find it worth looking at these as well. Amazon have taken out the main page links for this model, but if you type 'Kindle Keyboard' into the Amazon search facility box you can find them priced at £79.99. These might be worth considering too. On this model, there is a button for changing the font size (as well as the ability to play audiobooks and experimental text to speech).
I bought refurbished Kindle Keyboards for my mum and brothers before the new Kindle was released and you wouldn't know that they weren't new. They come with a full year's warranty, and there's no problem with getting your hands on a lighted cover if you want to do so. Like the new Kindle, the refurbished Kindle Keyboards don't come with a mains plug - but there are lots of USB to mains adapters out there (including the pricey Amazon version).
Posted on 19 Nov 2011 14:43:17 GMT
Joyce Elliott says:
Can anyone out there tell me if 2 kindles can be used on the same email address.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2011 14:47:19 GMT
Yes, they can. In fact, it's the only way for you to share content between the Kindles.
Posted on 24 Nov 2011 17:21:28 GMT
Does this new Kindle without keyboard have mp3 app for music? Am I also correct that you've said it no longer has text-to-speech for books, etc...?
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011 00:30:00 GMT
No, there's no music app and no text to speech. All the audio capabilities have been removed from this one.
Posted on 1 Dec 2011 12:45:59 GMT
Mr. O. Palenik says:
thank you for nice review, in fact comparison between the two Kindles.
As you have experience with both of them, I would like to ask you, whether it is possible to upload my own PDF files into the Kindle 3G or Kindle Wi-Fi from PC or Mac. I would like to buy one for my sister and she is going to Uni, so many PDF books will be available free for her to download. Or do I have to download every book from the Amazon?