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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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Email

The Kindle does not offer any email features: apart from the basic web browser, there is no way to get or respond to email on the device.

Web Browsing

A very basic web browser is offered on the Kindle, but it is extremely basic and is not supported by Amazon. It can be found on the Experimental menu of the device, and it offers basic web browsing features. It does support bookmarks, but page navigation is awkward: as the device has no touch screen, you select a link using the small directional control and the select button. For a page with a lot of links on it, this translates into a lot of button mashing. We found that most pages rendered accurately, but the Kindle is slow to load the pages and the dark screen effect that the e-ink screen produces makes scrolling down pages somewhat disorientating. The Webkit browser does not support Flash, streaming audio or video, but it does support Javascript, so things like the Google Instant feature (which guesses at the word as you type and adds a drop-down list of possibilities) does work.

The experimental Kindle browser is adequate for very basic browsing tasks, so it would be fine for checking the news headlines or logging onto a web mail account to send a quick note. But it doesn't support the features needed for extended use, and the screen really is not designed for showing web pages.

Web Browsing Image
The Kindle does a decent jog of rendering web pages, but the screen is slow to update when scrolling
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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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