Thursday, December 15, 2011

Amazon Kindle The Next Generation G3 Review - What Do You Think

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With the presentation of the Third generation of Amazon Kindle, the on-line retailer has all the factors to celebrate: this ebook reader is not only far better than every little thing has been built just before in this category, but it is also prepared to meet the mainstream masses. With the Amazon Kindle, Amazon solves all the negative elements of earlier ebook reader generations, such as slow page turns, finger-unfriendly button styles and heavy weight. This does not mean there is no space for improvement, but this Kindle is the 1st I will surely advocate to my pals.


There are 2 versions of the third-generation Amazon Kindle. The Kindle Wi-Fi fees $139, though the Kindle that has each Wi-Fi and 3G and fees $189. The 3G-only Kindle two expense previously just as considerably. Please recall the third generation Kindle is not only a minor update, display improvement or a color refresh, just like we have observed in the case of Kindle DX (Graphite). It can be noticed from a distance that there is considerably of operate and attention in this ebook reader. This could possibly show that the enterprise thinks its hardware technique to be very essential, in complementing its software program (the Kindle apps for Mac, Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, and Computer) and e-bookstore methods.

One has to notice that the new Kindle comes in 2 colors: eye-pleasing graphite (just the exact same as the Kindle DX presented earlier this summer) and the usual Kindle white. Some could possibly argue that dark ebook readers are less difficult to read, since they give a perception of improved contrast. Nonetheless, this is only an impression. Other people may possibly really feel they can read the white one greater. The display was enhanced, too. The Amazon Kindle now has a 6-inch E-Ink Pearl display just like the Kindle DX (Graphite). This display has 50 percent superior contrast, which is very noticeable in use. Just like on Kindle DX (Graphite), the text looks smoother, and the blacks are far more solid. The Pearl display also has more rapidly screen refresh rates, which improves user knowledge considerably (far more on that later).


The streamlined style of the Amazon Kindle created probable to shrink the reader by 21 percent. On the other hand is we look at the numbers, it does not appear that significantly is shaved off. The new model measures 7.5 by four.8 by 0.34 inches, versus the 8 by 5.3 by 0.36 inches of the Kindle two. On the other hand if you look at the 2 devices side-by-side, it is apparent that the third generation Amazon Kindle became much modest. In order to acquire this tiny style, the manufacturer mainly trimmed the superfluous, wasted room about the edges, so the device is now dominated by its 6-inch screen. The functionality is not affected by this: there is nonetheless sufficient space about the edges for the fingers to rest comfortably even though holding the device.


The style of Amazon Kindle is a pleasure to hold in hand. The user can read a couple of hours with out feeling any discomfort or stiffness in his hands. This fact is even far more fascinating since the similar factor can not be mentioned for the multipurpose Apple iPad: this device with its 1.5 pounds (25 ounces) weight is practically 3 occasions heavier than the Kindle (8, 7 ounces). This fact makes a very robust argument in favor of the Kindle.

Nonetheless, this assessment is not only around comparing the iPad to the third generation Amazon Kindle. The Kindle is a masterpiece in itself, and it is the initial time I can say that it is a pleasure to hold a Kindle ebook reader in hand. I have to also say that the Kindle is not the lightest ebook reader readily available on the market place: there is an ebook reader that is practically one ounce lighter, the Kobo eReader, which also has a 6-inch display. Then the Bookeen Cybook Opus, with a 5-inch display, is even lighter, with 5.3 ounces. At the very same time, the Barnes & Noble's Nook (11.6 ounces for Nook Wi-Fi, 12.1 ounces for Nook Wi-Fi + 3G) is much heavier than the Amazon Kindle; and the new Kindle is 15 percent lighter than its ten.two-ounce predecessor.

Far better Style

The new Kindle, with its lighter weight and additional compact style, the third-generation Kindle also offers a extra pleasing reading knowledge than the earlier models. Its curved back cover produced from a subtle, rubberized material, also makes it less complicated to hold. Mainly because of the much more compact style, Amazon had to modernize and thoroughly redesign the keys and buttons. Close to the screen now there are very straightforward forward and back buttons, mirrored in shape and size, and signaled by arrows rather of words. With this function, the Kindle is appropriate for each left- and appropriate-handed users. The unit's buttons, even though utilised, appear to be in very properly-believed, practical and ergonomic areas.

A drawback of the second-generation Kindle was that the page-forward and page-back buttons depressed inward, into the screen: as a result, whilst they had been pressed, a noisy, mechanical sound was heard. The third generation Kindle now has buttons that depress away from the screen, and are considerably slimmer, like a rocker-style button that melds into the edge of the device. This remedy is a lot greater, as the fingers do not have to hover in a single location to turn the page. The hand can be moved and the page can nonetheless be turned with the heel of the palm, or even with the thumb: a very one of a kind encounter. In addition to this, Amazon corrected the unfunctional, outwardly page-turn buttons of its initially-generation Kindle that led to lots of accidental page turns.


The navigation buttons had been also absolutely redesigned. They had been rearranged and clustered together, the page-forward and -back buttons have shrunk significantly: to only one-quarter of an inch wide. At the bottom of the keyboard there is the House button, ant the joystick-navigation cluster of the Kindle two was replaced with a very comfy D-pad-like method with a 5-way navigation square, with an oval Menu button above it and a Back button beneath. Even though you use the Amazon Kindle, your fingers will discover the new layout very hassle-free and finger-friendly. It is very straightforward to adapt to the new enterprise, which is way much better than the joystick of the previous models. The buttons respond promptly, and the Amazon Kindle is kept up effectively.

There is a tighter keyboard layout, the key are a bit closer and the row of numbers is removed. So you will need to press the symbol button to obtain to the numbers, just like you do on a touchscreen phone keyboard. Simply because the keyboard buttons are rounded and they are closer together, it is considerably less complicated to kind on this keyboard than that of the second-generation Kindle. The typing knowledge resembles very a lot the typing on a physical cell phone keyboard.

Each Amazon Kindle button and port (the headphone jack, the micro-USB, energy switch and volume rocker) is now situated along the bottom edge, in a neat row. The energy switch was on the best, and on Kindle 3 it was moved down, which may possibly appear a small bit unexpected and awkward, but the other buttons are very comfy. And there is a cute factor: even though you slide the switch or plug the device into the energy, the wholesome battery life is shown by a green light. Whilst the battery desires to be charged, it glows in amber.


The Amazon Kindle, as opposed to its predecessors, just breezes thorough the pages. Even very impatient persons can be content with the way the new Kindle turns the pages. And there is practically no lag in scrolling by way of the menu solutions. The page turns are 20 percent quicker, according to Amazon. The manufacturer says that the elevated speed comes from the Amazon's proprietary waveform and controller Technologies (this Technologies is basically a series of pulses that move white and black electronic ink particles to give the grey level that makes the final text or image), and the new display. Whilst the page turns, there is nonetheless an annoying flicker, but due to the fact the speed is a lot elevated, the flicker is fairly acceptable.

In my expertise, the speed problem is very crucial. The second generation of Kindle was extremely unresponsive and sluggish, but I should mention that the slowest ebook reader I ever saw was the Kobo eReader. There is only one location I seen a lag: in a Kindle bookstore. On the other hand it is till right now unclear to me regardless of whether the lag was due to the speed of the display's redraw, the bookstore's responsiveness or the integrity of the 3G connection. No matter the cause was, in this scenario lots of occasions the book cover thumbnails lagged behind the page load of the rest of the happy.

The Expertise

The e-reading knowledge on the Amazon Kindle remained largely unchanged. Having said that, even here Amazon added some cool new capabilities. You can change line spacing from inside menus (there are 3 choices: small, medium and large), and you can also change the typeface too (the possibilities are condensed, common and sans serif). These alternatives can be accessed from the font's button, now situated on the bottom row, among the room bar and the House button. Some other font solutions would be welcome, and the solutions may well be presented in the sample text, a lot like the font-size alternatives are presented. In spite of this, it is great to see Amazon add the choice to change fonts, for the reason that almost all LCD-based ebook readers have this function for some time.

It would be also great if Amazon would take the chance to commence to improve the speed and presentation of its bookstore. Although shopping, it occurred to me that the page redraw speeds are slower than though I was elsewhere in the device. This may well be brought on by the Kindle bookstore's style or 3G connection.

Just like Kindle DX (Graphite) and the second-generation Kindle with updated firmware, the third-generation Kindle supports sharing passages by way of Twitter and Facebook. It also supports well-known highlights and viewing collections: these are made from the information of what passages Kindle users are sharing. There is also a new WebKit-based Web browser in the new Kindle. This browser is nonetheless in an experimental stage, but it evolved from the second generation Kindle. The PDF viewer is also much better, but the manufacturer nonetheless has to come up with a answer for how to reflow PDFs so we can read them directly on the unit. (The closest approximation currently desires you to e-mail a PDF to your Kindle device.)

A lot more Memory

The new Kindle elevated its memory from 2GB to 4GB, which implies that it can hold up to 3500 books (the second-generation Kindle only may store 1500). The manufacturer also claims that the Kindle can function up to one month with one single battery charge. Amazon says that it does not use any revolutionary battery Technologies for this: the efficiency could possibly be obtained thorough software program modifications. The 3G wireless is nonetheless delivered by AT&T with out charge.

For those who will need a lighted E-Ink screen, the case answer of Amazon can be a great choice. The case worked splendidly on a night-time plane ride, without having the need to have of an overhead light. The leather case sold for $60 feels excellent in hand, and has an ingenious pull-out extendable light that curves about and illuminates the screen. It is a clever, but not fantastic style: if you do not have any fingernails, the light may well be hard to pull out. Besides, the light spread proved to be uneven: far more intense in the upper proper quadrant than in the lower left.

My Conclusion

The third generation Amazon Kindle is proper for those who need to have the benefits on a devoted ebook reader. Its greatest positive aspects are long battery life and a paper-like screen that can be read in bright light. The new Kindle is worth its cash simply because the mix of its expense, attributes and efficiency. Its great construct high quality, along with the superior style, integrated store and cross-platform transportability make the third generation Amazon Kindle a leader in its segment. I should say that this is the very first ebook reader right after a long time that left me wanting to read far more. I will possibly acquire one myself.

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