Amazon Kindle 2 (2nd Generation) Reviews: eBook Reader

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This e-book reader and e-reader is a good all rounder.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 38 reviews.
Amazon Kindle 2 (2nd Generation)- Battery Life: 4 days (wireless on), holds 1500 books, See full product description
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CHARLES, NOTTINGHAM

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
DONT KNOW BECAUSE THE PRODUCT DID NOT WORK
Bad points:
UNKNOWN
Design 5.0
Compatibility 5.0
Performance 1.0
Value for money 1.0
Overall rating 1.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 Aug 2010

Judy, Cambridge

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
It's light weight, easy to hold and use - if i can use it anyone can :) and it's so easy to get books - very fast and Amazon have some good offers too. Some people may feel restricted because you can really only get books from Amazon but i like it because of this simplicity - it takes out the guesswork... i'm no techno wizard - i wanted a dedicated e book reader and i'm very happy. Thanks.
Bad points:
None for me.
Design 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
Overall rating 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 Aug 2010

Joan, Manchester

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
The Kindle is very light to hold which is invaluable if you have arthritic hands. I was constantly dropping books and losing my place but that is now a thing of the past. Also being able to browse through the Kindle Book Store, order a book and have it downloaded within minutes means I never have to run out of reading material. My Kindle is rapidly becoming one of my best Birthday presents ever!
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Design 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
Overall rating 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Jun 2010

Charles, west sussex

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
It is easy to use, can be taken all most everywhere and used.Downloading books is simple and it is lightweight.
Bad points:
No bad points found as yet.
Design 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
Overall rating 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 17 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
All good.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Design 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
Overall rating 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
It's brilliant, I love it!
Bad points:
None
Design 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
Overall rating 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Jun 2010

Kris, Bexhill-on-Sea,

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I bought the Kindle for my travels. Only take the Kindle and no worries about getting english exchange books when abroad. Also do not have to take 4-5 books in my bags for a start. I can now keep books for a re read or reference.
The option of larger font is wonderful.
Bad points:
The books are definitely more expensive than the ones I used to get from the charity shops.
Design 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 9.0
Overall rating 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Jul 2010

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 6
Built-in Storage Capacity 1500 books
Touchscreen No
3G Yes
WiFi No
Supports Annotations With keyboard
Dual Screen No
Colour Screen No
MP3 Playback Yes
EPub Compatible No
SD Card Slot No
Headphone Socket Yes
Battery Life 2 weeks (wireless off)
Battery Life 4 days (wireless on)
PDF Compatible No
Type of screen E-Ink
Screen resolution (Pixels per inch) 167
Maximum Storage Capacity 1500 books
RTF Compatible No
TXT Compatible Yes
HTML Compatible Yes
Weight 289
HTML Browser Yes
Width in mm 135
Height in mm 203
Depth in mm 9.4
Recharging Time in hours 4
Type of Batteries Lithium-ion
USB Yes
Colour White

Also known as: Amazon Kindle (2nd Generation)

 

Manufacturer's Description

Advanced Design

Sleek & Trim

At 10.2 ounces, Kindle is lighter than a typical paperback and as thin as most magazines. Barely a third of an inch in profile, you’ll find Kindle fits perfectly in your hands.

Improved Ergonomics

Kindle is as easy to hold and use as a book. We designed it with long-form reading in mind. When reading for long periods of time, people naturally shift positions and often like to read with one hand. Kindle’s page-turning buttons are located on both sides, allowing you to read and turn pages comfortably with one hand from any position. The page-turn buttons now flex inward to prevent any accidental page turns when picking up or handling Kindle.

New 5-way Controller

Kindle has a new easy-to-use 5-way controller, enabling precise on-screen navigation for selecting text to highlight or looking up words.

Simple to Use, No Computer Required

Kindle is completely wireless and ready to use right out of the box—no setup, no cables, no computer required.

Even Longer Battery Life

25% Longer Battery Life—Read for Days Without Recharging

With Kindle’s 25% longer battery life, you can read on a single charge for up to 4 days with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to 2 weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store and downloading content. In low coverage areas or in 1xRTT only coverage, wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly.

Charge via USB

Kindle supports wall charging via the included Kindle power adapter, and charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable. Kindle fully charges in approximately 4 hours.

Wireless Access with Whispernet

Fast 3G Network—Get Books in Under 60 Seconds

Whispernet utilizes Amazon’s optimized technology plus Sprint’s national high-speed (3G) data network to enable you to wirelessly search, discover, and download content on the go. Your books and periodicals are delivered via Whispernet in less than 60 seconds. And unlike WiFi, you never have to hunt for a hotspot.

Expanded National Coverage

We expanded Kindle’s national coverage to include more cities and areas in all 50 states, enabling wireless downloads of books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Check our wireless coverage map for availability. This expanded coverage is only available for Kindle.

No Wireless Bills

No monthly wireless bills, data plans, or commitments. Amazon pays for Kindle’s wireless connectivity so you won’t see a wireless bill. There is no wireless setup—you are ready to shop, purchase and read right out of the box. See Wireless Terms and Conditions.
Carry Your Library in 10.2 Ounces

Holds Over 1,500 Books

The ultimate travel companion, Kindle weighs 10.2 ounces and holds more than 1,500 books. No longer pick and choose which books fit in your carry-on. Now you can always have your entire library with you.

Automatic Library Backup: Download Your Books Anytime for Free

A copy of every book you purchased is backed up online at Amazon.com in case you ever need to download it again. You can wirelessly re-download books for free anytime. This allows you to make room for new titles on your Kindle, knowing that Amazon is storing your personal library. We even back up your last page read and annotations, so you’ll never lose those, either. Think of it as a bookshelf in your attic—even though you don’t see it, you know your books are there.
Enhanced Reading

Lose Yourself in Your Reading

The most elegant feature of a physical book is that it disappears while you’re reading. Immersed in the author’s world and ideas, you don’t notice a book’s glue, the stitching, or ink. Our top design objective was to make Kindle disappear—just like a physical book—so you can get lost in your reading, not the technology.

Paper-like Screen

Utilizing the latest in electronic-ink display technology, Kindle provides a crisp black-and-white 6" screen with the same appearance and readability of printed paper. Sharp and natural with no glare or backlight, reading on Kindle is nothing like reading from a computer screen. Those who see it for the first time always do a double-take. The screen works using ink, just like books and newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. And unlike a laptop or smart phone, Kindle never gets warm so you can comfortably read as long as you like.

Sharper Display of Images and Photos

Kindle’s high-resolution screen now boasts 16 shades of gray, so images and photos are sharper and clearer than ever.

Read in Sunlight with No Glare

Kindle’s screen reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, eliminating the glare associated with other electronic displays. As a result, Kindle can be read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room.

Adjustable Text Size

Because one size doesn’t fit all, you can increase the text size of your favorite book or periodical with the push of a button. If your eyes tire, simply increase the font size and continue reading comfortably. Kindle has six adjustable font sizes to suit your reading preference. Now every book in your library can be large print.

Read-to-Me Feature

With the new text-to-speech feature, Kindle can read every newspaper, magazine, blog and book out loud to you, unless the book is disabled by the rights holder. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can choose from both male and female voices which can be sped up or slowed down to suit your preference. In the middle of a great book or article but have to jump in the car? Simply turn on Text-to-Speech and listen on the go.

Improved Newspaper Experience

Using Kindle’s new 5-way controller, you can quickly flip between articles, making it faster and easier to browse and read the morning paper. Want to remember the newspaper or magazine article you just read? Clip and save entire articles for later reading with a single click.

Faster Page Turns

Pages now turn 20% faster on average.

Bookmarks and Annotations

By using the QWERTY keyboard, you can add annotations to text, just like you might write in the margins of a book. And because it is digital, you can edit, delete, and export your notes. Using the new 5-way controller, you can highlight and clip key passages and bookmark pages for future use. You’ll never need to bookmark your last place in the book, because Kindle remembers for you and always opens to the last page you read.

Full Image Zoom

Images and photos display crisply on Kindle and can be zoomed to the full size of the screen.

Personal Documents

Kindle makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the need to print. Each Kindle has a unique and customizable e-mail address. You can set your unique email address on your Manage Your Kindle page. This allows you and your approved contacts to e-mail Word, PDF documents, and pictures wirelessly to your Kindle for a small per document delivery fee—see details. Kindle supports wireless delivery of unprotected Microsoft Word, PDF, HTML, TXT, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, PRC and MOBI files.

In addition to the existing experimental support of PDF, you can also send DOCX files for conversion. Some complex PDF and DOCX files might not format correctly on your Kindle.

If you would like to download your personal documents for free, or if you are not in a wireless area, you can send attachments to "name"@free.kindle.com to be converted and e-mailed to your computer at the e-mail address associated with your Amazon.com account login. You can then transfer the document to your Kindle using your USB connection. For example, if your Kindle email address is Jay@Kindle.com, send your attachments to Jay@free.kindle.com.

Built-in Dictionary with Instant Lookup

Never get caught without a dictionary. Kindle includes The New Oxford American Dictionary with over 250,000 entries and definitions, so you can seamlessly look up the definitions of words without interrupting your reading. Come across a word you don’t know? Simply move the cursor to it and the definition will automatically display at the bottom of the screen. Never fear a sesquipedalian word again—simply look it up and keep reading.

Wireless Access to Wikipedia

Kindle also includes free built-in access to the world’s most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia—Wikipedia.org. With Kindle in hand, looking up people, places, events, and more has never been easier. It gives whole new meaning to the phrase walking encyclopedia.

Search

Kindle makes it easy to search within a book, across your library, in the Kindle Store, or even the Web. To use the Search feature, simply type in a word or phrase you’re looking for, and Kindle finds every instance in your book or across your Kindle library. Looking for the first reference of a character in your book? Simply type in the name and search. You can extend your search to the Kindle Store to find related titles you may be interested in. Explore even further by searching Wikipedia and the Web.

Audiobooks

With Kindle, you are able to download and enjoy more than 50,000 audio titles from Audible.com, including bestselling audio books, radio programs, audio newspapers, and magazines. Due to their file size, audiobooks are downloaded to your PC over your existing Internet connection and then transferred to Kindle using the included USB 2.0 cable. Listen via Kindle’s speakers or plug in your headphones for private listening.

Own an iPhone?

The iPhone is a perfect companion for your Kindle. To read Kindle books on your iPhone or iPod touch, simply download our free Kindle for iPhone application. Our new Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes your reading location across your Kindle(s) and your iPhone. Now you can read a few pages on your iPhone and pick up right where you left off when you return to your Kindle.

Experimental Features

The experimental category represents features we are still working on to enhance the Kindle experience even further. Try them out and let us know what you think.

Read-to-Me

With the new text-to-speech feature, Kindle can read every newspaper, magazine, blog and book out loud to you, unless the book is disabled by the rights holder. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can choose from both male and female voices which can be sped up or slowed down to suit your preference. In the middle of a great book or article but have to jump in the car? Simply turn on Text-to-Speech and listen on the go.

Basic Web Browser

Kindle’s Basic Web browser works well to read simple, text-centric Web sites such as Google and Wikipedia. Need to find a movie listing or look up a sports score? Now it’s easier than ever to find the information you’re looking for right from your Kindle.

PDF Document Conversion

You can email your PDF documents wirelessly to your Kindle, just like other personal documents. Due to PDF’s fixed layout format, some complex PDF files may not format correctly on your Kindle.

Listen to Music & Podcasts

Transfer MP3 files to Kindle to play as background music while you read. You can quickly and easily transfer MP3 files via USB by connecting Kindle to your computer.

Included in The Box

Kindle electronic reader, power adapter, and USB 2.0 cable (for connection to the Kindle power adapter or optionally to connect to a PC or Macintosh computer).


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