Amazon Kindle 3 review (Wired UK)

I am not the kind of person who rushes out and buys the latest kit just because it is new, but if you are, then perhaps a new Kindle reading device could be your latest gadget on display.


They’re the future of reading, the death of reading, impractical or practical, the next big thing or simply tablet fodder. Just about everyone has an opinion on e-book readers and most have valid points for and against. What the new Amazon Kindle proves, however, is the doubters now have considerably less ammunition to play with.

Now on its third generation, the Kindle has evolved into not only the best e-book reader on the market, but one with the potential to convert scores of mainstream consumers. How has Amazon achieved this? With three crucial improvements: hardware, international services and — crucially — price.

At first glance little appears to have changed between the second- and third-generation Kindles: They retain the same basic form factor with six-inch displays and full isolation Qwerty keyboards, but in reality important upgrades have been made in nearly every area. For a start, the “Kindle 3” (Amazon doesn’t officially use version numbers) is 21 percent smaller (190 x 213 x 8.5mm) and 15 percent lighter (247g) than the Kindle 2, making it considerably more portable. The keyboard action has been tweaked for better tactility with a more tightly integrated five-way rocker and the E Ink display has 20 percent faster page turns and a 50 percent better contrast ratio. Inside, the Kindle’s storage has doubled to 4GB, capacity enough for up to 3,500 books according to Amazon (we don’t own 3,500 books!).

The result of these tweaks is an e-book reader that sets new standards in display clarity — especially in direct sunlight — and with a refined build quality that wouldn’t look out of place with an Apple logo. Even the switch from white to a graphite finish is a subjective improvement and objectively a practical one.

Continue reading via Amazon Kindle 3 review (Wired UK) – Mozilla Firefox.


Author: 2Dubya

Like most people one day Wesley will die. Until then though, Wesley spends his days drinking coffee, watching the telly,trying to figure out politics and listening to BBC Radio... and on the days he is at work watching trains under the ground. Away from work he putters around in the kitchen, tends to his fish, watches films and occasionally reads a book, or works in his garden. Wesley is also a keen father to his two little princesses, and a slave to his wife.

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