Amazon has developed a wonderful e-book reader that not only trumps its existing competitors, but also is in a position to fulfill the broader e-book reading public. The Amazon Kindle 3 deals with most of the shortcomings with previous Kindle versions, like their hefty size, sluggish page changes, and hard-to-use key layouts.
Shortly after trying a this new model of the Kindle, I identified a lot to love. Even though there is certainly more opportunities for betterment, this particular Kindle is definitely the first that I am at ease recommending to my family, colleagues and friends.
This third-generation Kindle is available in a pair of configurations: The Kindle Wi-Fi will cost you $139, whilst the Kindle (as Amazon has named it) has both Wi-Fi as well as 3G and will cost you $189, identical to what the 3G-only Kindle 2 cost in the past.
This is not simply a minor update or design refresh, that the currently rejuvenated Kindle DX (Graphite) might be regarded as, despite that device's enhanced screen solution. The detail that Amazon has given to this particular product demonstrates that the retailer is actually concentrating on its hardware strategy to complement its software: Kindle apps for iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac, Android, and BlackBerry, and e-bookstore strategies.
Having said that, this is the first Kindle available in two tones: graphite (just as the Kindle DX released in 2010) and normal Kindle white. In my opinion, a dark-colored boundary increases legibility, offering the sensation of superior display contrast.
In general, e-reading on the product continues unrevised. However, Amazon has included some fresh and useful capabilities. Now you are able to specifically alter line spacing from the inside of the navigation (options are small, medium, and large), and you can now modify fonts, as well (options are regular, condensed, and sans serif). Each of these features are obtainable through the fonts key, which is now located on the last row next to the space bar and the home key.
Although I would love to have additional font alternatives, and see the font name options displayed in example text, comparable to how the font-size choices are displayed, I am just grateful that Amazon has built in the ability to alter typefaces, as that is an advantage that the Barnes and Noble Nook e-reader and many other LCD-based e-readers have contained for a while.
For individuals that are looking for the key benefits of a separate e-reader -- extended battery life, a magazine-like display that is readable in direct sunlight -- the Kindle 3 can not be topped. Its combination of affordability, capabilities, and performance are the best in the industry.
After allocating a bit of time with the brand new Kindle, I am prepared to assert that it is the first e-reader that has made me want to actually read more. Its durable construction, and its enhanced design, built-in store, and cross-platform functionality all equal to a success that leaps to the front of the e-book race.
You can buy the new Kindle here.