The Bottom Line
- Easy to read display.
- Loads of reading material to choose from.
- Ability to wirelessly access, via celluar technology, the online bookstore for direct downloads.
- Slight learning curve on controls.
- No backlight for night reading.
- Black and white screen not best for color photos.
- Six-inch gray display with 600 x 800 resolution
- 4.9- x 7.5- x 0.7-inches
- 10.3 ounces
- 256MB internal storage
- SD memory card slot for additional storage
- 3.5mm stereo headphone jack + built-in speaker
- AC power and replaceable, rechargeable battery
- USB 2.0 connectivity
Guide Review - Amazon Kindle Ebook Reader Review
Another important control which may not be immediately intuitive is the select wheel, used to scroll a silver rectangle. This rectangle, moved adjacent to portions of the display, selects on-screen information when the wheel is pushed in. This, as well as large previous and next page buttons on the front side and also a back button, let you navigate pages and sections of content.
Most impressively, the Kindle does not require a computer to download ebooks. It is tied to your Amazon account and lets you wirelessly access, via a high speed cellular data network, an online bookstore. You can purchase books by browsing, much like you do on Amazon's Web site. Purchases are quickly downloaded to your ebook reader for enjoyment.
Blogs, magazines and newspapers can also be downloaded for variable monthly subscription fees. These offerings are updated automatically by Amazon when the wireless is on. Things I found I liked during reviewing the Kindle include that it holds hundreds of books, lets you bookmark where you are in reading for later, offers a built-in dictionary to look up words and provides basic Internet browsing when you need it.
If you aren't happy with the thousands of books, newspapers, blogs or magazines, you can also add personal documents such as Word files and digital pictures. Note though the screen is black and white, so photos won't be color. It should also be noted there is no backlight on the Kindle, so you won't be able to view the screen at night. You can also load on here MP3 files, should you want music.