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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent slimmed-down version, 5 Oct. 2011
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On the latest Kindle the screen remains unchanged and is excellent, most significantly in sunlight. The most striking difference is the size of the Kindle - significantly smaller than the keyboard version and now looking more like the Sony eReader range. I don't need a keyboard - although you have access to a virtual one on the Kindle screen but only can only slooooowly select keys using the 5-way control on the front of the Kindle. I much prefer this compact, very light, form. The finish is also better in my opinion. I prefer the silver casing to black, and certainly the white available in US earlier-generation Kindles. Another flagged improvement is the speed of `virtually' turning the page. There is a minimal improvement but it's still not possible to repeatedly press the next page button without the Kindle quickly falling behind.

Lower specs, excluding the keyboard which I think is a plus, is the anticipated time before the Kindle needs to be recharged - one month instead of two. One month is fine for me. The storage is also reduced but Amazon archives all your purchases in the Cloud so when you have Wi-Fi access you can download them just in case you're running out of storage space. As the Kindle will hold more than 1,000 books this is not likely to be an issue. Further, listening to music and audio books is no longer an option on the Kindle (which has no speaker) so the storage won't be clogged with large sound files. Storage space is not critical therefore. I also find that with Wi-Fi pretty ubiquitous these days that the loss of a 3G is fine. Where you're likely to struggle finding a Wi-Fi access point you're also likely not to be in a 3G area but can still rely on a slower GPRS or Edge mobile download. It is possible to connect the Kindle to a PC and move e-books to it via the USB cable so the Wi-Fi less have a work around (but you need Wi-Fi at least once to activate it on receipt).

Overall this is a refreshing update of the Kindle focussed on the key features of an e-reader - a good screen/size ratio, lightweight form, ease of downloading new books, and an excellent screen. And thanks to the focus on core features it's cheaper than earlier versions. Recommended.

Update: If you're considering investing in a new Kindle the Kindle Touch which, as the name suggests, comes with a touch screen might be worth a look. This adds the functionality of a touch screen, innovative searching of content in addition to a standard dictionary, more storage space and a longer battery life. It's currently £20 more than the standard Kindle and available late April 2012. Check out the Amazon Kindle comparison page.
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Initial post: 5 Oct 2011 09:45:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Oct 2011 12:50:30 BDT
Good review - congrats on being the first.

I have had Kindle for 1 year and use it in Amazon with-light case. I suspect that this cut down version must feel very unsubstantial in the hand. Is the silver finish done with an actual metal laminate or is it painted?

Posted on 5 Oct 2011 10:00:56 BDT
Seren Ade says:
Congrats on getting the first genuine review. My partner's should be turning up today, too - I'm sticking with my KK3G but he wanted the smaller device. Not surprised that using the virtual keyboard via the 5-way controller is slow (I TOLD him so!). I expect he'll go back to linking up to the computer to download his books.

Point about wi-fi areas also not likely to be 3G so unable to download anyway isn't entirely accurate - I live in and work in a fairly rural area and we get no 3G coverage at all. If I'm not at home/work to connect via wi-fi I can still download as, in the absence of 3G, the KK3G defaults to the 'next best thing' (usually a somewhat slower GPRS connection) so I can still download pretty much anywhere. Not as quickly - minutes rather than seconds - but it does happen!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 11:06:54 BDT
Dr. Paul Ell says:
The silver is high-quality plastic on the front. On the back it's the same although it's also got a rubberised coating which I guess is to prevent or minimise scratches. Also on the back at the top and bottom is a metal frame about 1cm deep which makes the Kindle more robust. I'm not sure if there's a picture of the back of the Kindle on the Amazon site as I'm not explaining this very well!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 11:08:04 BDT
Dr. Paul Ell says:
Quite right. I haven't owned a 3G Kindle but should have appreciated this. I'll amend the review.

Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 11:08:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Oct 2011 11:10:01 BDT
Clear enough Paul on the construction - thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 12:12:15 BDT
Dr. Paul Ell says:
I've uploaded a photo showing the back of the Kindle which hopefully makes the design clearer.

Paul

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 17:36:42 BDT
Does the new Kindle have a dictionary? Am interested in buying one but need a dictionary.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 17:44:51 BDT
Dr. Paul Ell says:
Yes, it comes with a dictionary - or rather several - UK English, US English and a number of foreign languages - French, Spanish etc. You set one default dictionary from the settings menu.

Hope this helps.

Posted on 5 Oct 2011 18:50:43 BDT
Miss Fagan says:
Excellent review! Having held off joining the 'Kindle Revolution' and waiting 'for something better', I think I will give this one a try. But which is better, the new Kindle or the Old? Not too fussed about Wi-Fi as I can always access at home.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 19:12:09 BDT
Seren Ade says:
Depends on your perspective. The screen is identical on both. The older one has more storage space (double), longer battery life (again double) and a keyboard (not everyone likes this). The new Kindle doesn't include a mains charger (and neither do refurbished versions of the older ones). All of them have Wi-fi, but only the Kindle Keyboard 3G has 'use it anywhere' wireless capability. TBH, if you're not much interested in connecting via Wi-fi, then you aren't really likely to need the keyboard.
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