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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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Controls

Many eBook readers eschew real buttons for on-screen ones, but the Kindle takes the opposite approach, featuring a number of buttons on its body. On the sides are two page control buttons for accessing the next (bottom button) and previous page (top). The next button is larger and is better placed for pressing with the thumb, which means that you can easily hold the Kindle in one hand and still control it, which is not possible with some of the larger readers.

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At the bottom of the front of the body is a small keyboard, with circular buttons for the keys. This is a rather awkward keyboard to use: the size and feel of the buttons means that using it is more of a hunt-and-peck experience rather than a touch typing one. It is adequate for typing the title of a book or author name (which is what it is designed for) but we wouldn't want to type our own novel on it. Two sliders on the bottom edge of the case control the WiFi or 3G connection and the power: the device is turned on by sliding and releasing the power switch.

Connectivity

here). This approach not only keeps the cost down, but allows you to buy books while on vacation: ideal if an unforeseen flight delay leaves you stranded without reading material.

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Battery Life

We found that the Kindle had excellent battery life in our tests, with our eBook reading and audio playing tests both running for over 24 hours. We found that 24 hours of eBook page flipping only ran the battery down by 9 per cent, so we would estimate that a fully charged Kindle could keep reading a book continuously for over 11 days, which should satisfy even the most ardent reader. Although the Kindle was able to keep playing audio for the full 24 hours, this proved to be more of a drain on the battery, leaving about 71 per cent of the charge after the test was complete. So, we would estimate that the audio would keep playing for about 3 days of continuous use. As the Kindle only offers a paltry 3MB of storage space for audio, we doubt that the battery would be the limiting factor here.

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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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