Amazon Kindle Review: Does it Deserve its Crown as King of the eBook Readers?


When you think of eBook readers you immediately think of the Amazon Kindle. Since it was first released it has constantly been top of the bestsellers lists, and has seen a number of improvements, especially to the display and the way in which it helps to replicate a real book. If you’re thinking of buying the latest generation of the Kindle, here’s a guide to the pros and cons of doing so.

Features Of The Amazon Kindle

* High contrast e-Ink Pearl screen to replicate real paper,

* Read in bright sunlight,
* Battery life of up to two months with wireless turned off,
* Stores up to 3,500 books,
* 7.5 x 4.8 x 0.335 inches in size,
* Wi-Fi Model weighs 8.5 ounces, Wi-Fi + 3G model weighs 8.7 ounces,
* Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models,
* 3G + Wi-Fi model comes in black or white,
* Includes experimental web browser,
* 6 inch diagonal screen size,
* Text-to-speech feature,
* Native PDF support.

Pros Of The iPod Kindle

The native support for PDF files means that you can view them on the Kindle exactly as they were created on a computer – very useful for people who regularly need to read PDF reports and documents away from their computer screen.

The display on the Kindle in general is also known to be very high quality since the latest update. When compared to the Nook or other eBook readers, you’ll notice the difference in contrast. This is essential at improving the reading experience and helping you to forget that you’re reading from a screen at all.

As with real books, the Kindle means you can lend your purchased eBooks to someone else who owns a Kindle. They can have your book to read for up to two weeks, before it goes back to you. Some publishers restrict the use of their eBooks in this way, but it’s still an extremely useful feature that has won over many people who weren’t sure about the Kindle.

The Kindle also comes with other features such as an MP3 player and an experimental web browser. While these are certainly not the best quality features, the fact that the Kindle has them will be useful in certain situations. For example, if you need to check your email but are away from Wi-Fi you can take advantage of Amazon’s free 3G coverage, all around the world!

Cons Of The Kindle

There are some general drawbacks to e-Ink technology. Due to the way it works without a backlight, replicating the natural display of paper, it isn’t fast at loading pages and you’ll see a brief black screen when you turn the page. You’ll also find it quite slow to browse through pages of eBooks. Thankfully Kindle have extra search and navigation features to make things easier. And, when compared to other eBook readers using similar technology, the Kindle is actually very fast.

Although the Kindle comes with a good storage capacity compared with other eBook readers on the market, you cannot expand this with external memory cards. This could be a drawback to some users who have a large library of files that they wish to store on the Kindle. This probably won’t be a problem if you only use your Kindle for eBooks and newspapers.


In short the Kindle is still top when it comes to eBook readers. Amazon provide excellent support, and a huge range of both free and paid books in the Kindle Store. However, the device you ultimately choose will depend on exactly what you’re looking to get out of it. If that means an experience as close to reading a paper book as possible, the Kindle is for you.

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