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Amazon Kindle Review

This new Kindle from Amazon is the most affordable to date.

September 30, 2011
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Controls

Many Kindle users may lament the loss of a keyboard, but the controls for the new Amazon Kindle WiFi are greatly simplified. page turning keys are on each side of the unit itself, and the d-pad and navigation buttons are placed where you are unlikely to hit them accidentally in the middle of your latest novel.

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Oddly enough, the power button has been moved from the top of the unit, to right at the bottom next to the microUSB port. It's unclear why this is the case, but as it's out of the way, we have no complaints.

Connectivity

The most affordable model of the new Kindle family is WiFi-only (802.11n), but what they do with that WiFi is actually quite cool. Whenever you establish a stable connection, you can use the Amazon cloud storage to access your personal library of books (should the 2GB on-board storage not be enough for you). You can also browse the web in an extremely limited fashion, "loan" your books to other Amazon Kindle WiFi users on the same network, or share passages from your own eBooks via Facebook or Twitter.

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Battery Life

After subjecting the new Amazon Kindle WiFi to the existential horror of our disembodied finger machine poking at it for 24+ hours, we feel confident that you will be able to read eBooks for over 24 hours straight if you have WiFi turned off. As always, your mileage may vary depending upon whether or not you have WiFi enabled, and what other settings you have turned on like sharing.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Email & Web Browsing
  7. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  8. Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Comparison
  9. Kobo eReader Wireless Comparison
  10. Conclusion
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