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2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing truths about Amazon Kindle, 19 Sept. 2010
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Update: I apologize for getting mixed up with allowance the kindle app store gave to each app when it was announced, with the limit of 3G.

Color: White is not available in UK. White is good for eyes as it merges with the background of the text.

E-Ink Screen: As good as paper, can be read in sun light. Great!

New Design: Yes, lighter, smaller and Faster Page Turn

Battery: Doesn't really matter for me

Storage: 3 GB for user content; should have been move.

Free 3G Wireless: Works fine, there are certain limits as pointed in comments.

Wi-Fi / Web browser: Not easy to connect, each time it freezes

PDF Reader: Useless. In fact if your intention is too read PDF books/manuals on this device just forget it. You can't zoom and pan a 10 pages PDF document to read it. It is good for reading single page or two pages PDFs (I will prefer the use of word "viewing" instead of "reading")

Who should buy it: Who mostly read fictions! Text-only books. If you are planning to buy to read engineering books or any other text book, again this device is useless. I decided to purchase a book on Financial Analysis, I was worried how it will be displayed - mostly formulae and financial tables. I got a sample delivered. Most of the tables (balance sheet and other financial statements) were embedded as pictures in the kindle book. No clarity at all, even if you zoom it, you may need some other magnifying device to read these tables and formulae.

Will I return it: No, with in 1 hour of exploring this Kindle I decided to gift it to one of my friends who mostly reads fiction (text-only books)

Will I ever buy another Kindle: No, I will not buy any e-reader again, leave Kindle. They are not for me.
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2010 12:54:31 BDT
Very useful review as I also planned to use the Kindle for reading PDFs. Guess I'll try it out and return it if it's no good. I understand that you can convert PDFs to MOBI using the kindle e-mail or through Calibre. Have you tried this and is it any improvement?

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2010 13:00:46 BDT
Yes, but this process distort the format completely. Again if it is text-only PDF (i.e. no table, no diagram, no picture) then better to save-as "word" file then format it and convert into kindle format by using Calibre. But I mostly read financial books and some engineering books/manuals, so not much helpful.

Posted on 19 Sep 2010 13:58:33 BDT
Why do you say only 100kb free per month on the 3G? Where do you get this limit from?

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2010 14:12:22 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2010 15:50:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Sep 2010 15:53:54 BDT
I think he is getting mixed up with allowance the kindle app store gave to each app when it was announced. In order to stop any abuse of the free 3G connection amazon put a 100kb a month limit on each app. It is pretty obvious really, I mean you could not really have someone make a streaming radio app and expect people to sit there all day listening to free streaming music over a 3G connection.

Basically what Amazon have done is said to the app creators "Yes, your apps can each use up to 100kb of the 3G for free, but do not go making apps that need more than that unless they require a monthly subscription".

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2010 17:22:30 BDT
Well that makes sense, but is totally different from the impression given by the review!

Posted on 19 Sep 2010 20:04:03 BDT
Bobtedd says:
Note that 3G has some restrictions: when abroad, you can only access the Kindle store or Wikipedia (no other websites), and you can only buy a limited number of books.

When in the UK, you can browse the web using 3G, but not download files from websites.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2010 13:24:35 BDT
Actually I downloaded a book direct from the Gutenberg project. So thats not strictly true.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2010 13:00:29 BDT
peter says:
For PDF the new Sony Reader is considered better.
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