Amazon Kindle Keyboard Review
Has an excellent screen, killer battery life and makes buying eBooks ridiculously easy.
The Kindle is designed to be an eBook reader, and this shows: we found that it offered the best reading experience of any of the devices that we have tested so far. The eInk screen is easy on the eye and doesn't seem to cause the same sort of eye-strain that brighter LCD screen can, and looks great in all lighting conditions except total darkness. An LCD screen might be better if you read under the covers, but for every other situation, the Kindle eInk screen is superior. The device itself is also small and light enough to hold for long periods, and you can also hold the device and turn pages with one hand, thanks to the page forward and back buttons on both sides of the device.
Buying books on the Kindle is simple to do: press the menu button, select Kindle Store, find the book you want and press Buy. This does require an internet connection, but we found that the process was simple and quick, usually finding the book in a few seconds.
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One other feature is worthy of note here: the ability to email files directly to the Kindle. When you register the device, you set up an email address (in the form of firstname.lastname@example.org) and documents sent to this address will be converted by Amazon into Kindle format and wirelessly sent to the device. This conversion process supports a range of file formats, including Microsoft Word, PDF, HTML, GIF, JPEG and rich text format files. Amazon does charge a small fee (15 cents per megabyte) for this service, though. However, they do offer a free conversion service: just send it to the email address of email@example.com and it will be converted to Kindle format and sent back to you, ready to be transferred to the device via the USB connection.
Newspapers & Magazines
Amazon offers subscriptions to a lot of magazines and newspapers through the Kindle, and these are delivered in the same way as books: over the internet connection of the device. On a Kindle 3G, the new issues are downloaded overnight, while the WiFi version downloads them whenever it is connected to the internet. The Kindle version of newspapers and magazines is converted from the printed version, with most of the photos removed and the text structured to fit better onto the screen. This means that you do not get the same feel and structure as the printed version.The various newspaper apps available for Android and iPad devices do a better job of reproducing the look and feel of a magazine, but the Kindle versions provide access to the content that is more suited to the limitations of the device.
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