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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Device - an idiots guide, 6 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite (Electronics)
Ordered the new Kindle on launch day as a birthday gift for my wife, who always has her nose stuck in a book. It's her birthday in a couple of weeks and she is going to love this! Received it yesterday 7 days ahead of schedule so that was a good start. I've never used a Kindle (or any other reading device) so thought these few basics would help anyone as clueless as me:

Delivery
I had assumed I would need to sign for this, which can be a pain if you're not at home. In actual fact, mine was delivered by the postman who just popped it through the letter box with my normal mail, so that was a bonus as you don't have to be at home to receive it. Well packaged and it just comes in a cardboard box, with the Kindle, a USB power lead and very basic instruction booklet showing what the buttons are.

Charging
Mine came about 60% charged. I quickly discovered that apart from using the USB to charge from my computer, the Kindle uses a standard USB charger identical to various smart phones, so you don't need to a computer to charge it which is very handy if travelling without your laptop. Mine is currently plugged into my HTC Desire phone charger and is charging away as I type.

User Guide
This is all held within the device and explains everything you need to know - and also lots of other stuff you probably don't. Very informative.

Buying a Book
I decided to download one of the free books (there are loads) to test it out. Rather than using the device, I just went onto the Amazon E-book site, selected a book, logged into my Amazon account and that was it. I had the Kindle turned on whilst doing this and it downloaded the whole book in literally 5 seconds. Amazing!

Screen and General Feel of the Kindle
Brilliant! Looks great, text is very clear and the general 'feel' of reading on it is just great.

Buying as a Gift
As I bought this on my Amazon account it has automatically registered to my account. I'm fine with that and don't mind paying for all of my wife's future purchases. It is easy however to re-register the device to someone else's Amazon account, so if it is a gift for a friend or relative that's no problem.

Overall a great little device and well worth £89 of anyone's money.
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Initial post: 9 Oct 2011 20:56:05 BDT
MattyB says:
Having an HTC Desire HD phone too, its good to know in advance that I can use the HTC 3-pin plug-adapter to connect to the USB lead for the Kindle to charge it up! That saves taking yet another mains lead on holiday, as I take more than enough now already :/

Posted on 31 Oct 2011 13:13:57 GMT
This is the first mention I have seen of how you actually download a book. Vague mentions of 'wifi' are not helpful when starting from scratch. (I am retired, living in France, aged 69.) I have a laptop and a mobile phone. No idea what a HTC Desire phone is.

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 17:50:44 BDT
xoxshadow says:
Good review there, I've just been reading through the product description as I'm thinking about getting one.

Posted on 8 Jul 2012 10:23:23 BDT
Janet says:
I am thinking of getting a Kindle as I read a lot in bed, and I seem to have read most of the books available through the mobile library. One thing bothers me though - is the Kindle compatible with an Apple computer? You'll gather from this that I am not very computer literate!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 07:25:50 BDT
David says:
J V Laker: you dont connect it to a computer so it doesnt matter what computer you have

Posted on 19 Oct 2012 23:40:07 BDT
I have been dithering about getting this kindle for a while now, I read a lot in bed and after reading your review I have decided to get one. Only problem now is cant decide what colour
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