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Amazon Kindle Keyboard Review

Has an excellent screen, killer battery life and makes buying eBooks ridiculously easy.

March 04, 2011
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Music & Audio Controls

The Kindle supports playing back music, and includes two small speakers on the back of the device and a headphone socket on the base. But it is clear that this was more of an afterthought than anything in the design process: the included audio player is extremely basic. It can play back MP3 files, but there is no support for organizing or sorting these files.

To play back MP3 files, you select the Play MP3 option from the Experimental menu. The Kindle then starts playing the first file it finds (in alphabetical order) in the music folder. You can skip to the next file by pressing F, or stop the music by pressing Alt-Space. And that's it: there are no controls for volume, for choosing a particular file or for finding a music file.

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The extremely basic audio interface of the Kindle

Music & Audio Management

There are no audio management features on the Kindle: files are copied to the device by dragging and dropping them into the right folder, and the Kindle plays them in alphabetical order. There is no way to create playlists, to sort files into another order or to otherwise control the files on the device

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Music & Audio Formats

Music & Audio Battery Life

We found that the Kindle had very good battery life in our audio tests: it was able to play back a series of long MP3 files for the full 24 hours that we test. At the end of the test, the battery level was around 70 per cent, so we would estimate that the Kindle could keep playing for between 3 and 4 full days. The limiting factor here is likely to be the small memory capacity of the device, not the battery life: with just 3GB of space, you won't be able to fit in many audio files.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Email & Web Browsing
  8. Internet Apps
  9. Apple iPad Wi-Fi (16 GB) Comparison
  10. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  11. Sony Reader Touch Edition Comparison
  12. Conclusion
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