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Amazon Kindle Review

Amazon Kindle Review

I like it. 06A7D51 A lot. There’s been a lot of talk about it’s look, but in person it’s much sleeker than it looks, but even if that was an issue, it would be totally immaterial. The thing does what it’s supposed to do beautifully. I tried the Sony reader and I hated it. The thing was not designed to sit in my hand but required me to hold it. Between fingertips no less! (Not comfortable for long hours of use.) And the buttons were too small even for my small hands and bizarrely placed. I tried very hard to like it and stayed in the store for an hour, but after I almost flipped it across the room for the second time trying to use the menu button, I finally labeled it a hostile device and left.

The Kindle is belled and weighted at one side. It naturally balances in the curve of my palm. Major plus, because like with my ebookwise (which I also love) I can read with my left hand while drinking, eating, cooking, cleaning, etc. I like the keyboard. The keys are big enough to hit easily and spaced so you’re not always hitting the wrong one. The device doesn’t wobble when I type but stays balanced and comfortable. The page change buttons are a little too easily hit by mistake, but it’s a minor nit. I say this because after a couple minutes, I stopped hitting them *G*.

The interface is very easy and intuitive. I’m one of those people that can, in all innocence, screw up a device to the point where I’m used to Tech support coming back with comments like “Well, it’s never done that before.”. So far, without reading the manual, I was able to do everything I wanted without one mistake. For that, I’m declaring it idiot proof. Seriously, it’s a point and shoot interface and bless them for that.

The only thing I don’t like and buyers should be aware of is the interface when you connect to Amazon to shop. IT’S TINY. Not a comfortable size font for my teenage daughter and certainly not for me who is dyslexic. I blithely thought, let me just hit the font enlarge button ad take care of this little issue, but, alas, ohno type enlargement doesn’t work in browse mode. This needs to be fixed because anyone slightly farsighted, with old lady eyes, or who has any vision issues will pretty much be precluded from shopping with the device. (Yeah, it’s that tiny, The equivalent to 8 point NY font) Major negative, but I imagine fixable on a upgrade. Maybe it’s fixable now. I have a question into Customer support. I asked at about 9pm last night and still don’t have a response. damn If I don’t get one by 9 this am, I’ll go into nag mode. *G*

All the people nay saying are seriously underestimating the sheer and utter “damn this is cool, how did I ever do without it” convenience of the device along with the ease of use and comfort of use. It’s already my new best friend and I’ve only had it 12 hours. It will be my BFF Kindle if I can just get that site view enlarged…

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7 Responses to “Amazon Kindle Review”

  1. I was just asking someone about these after visiting Amazon’s website. Can you only use the Amazon material on it or can you put your own stuff on it?

    by Jennifer Y. on November 21st, 2007 at 12:21 pm

  2. I have heard positives about the device. The eink technology is really awesome, isn’t it? For me, though, the Amazon gotchas are enough to make me not buy it and wait for the next gen Sony or some other device. Actually, my bro told me to get an 8″ motion computing tablet. Pretty expensive but very sweet.

    by Jane on November 21st, 2007 at 10:25 pm

  3. Hi Jennifer, sup

    Yup. I’ve moved my own content on via the SD card, no issue. Accepted it with no hiccups.

    I’ve backed up my Amazon books to my computer so I’ve got that security too.

    by Sarah on November 21st, 2007 at 10:39 pm

  4. Beyond the books being in Amazon’s DRM, which is no different than Sony’s DRM, I haven’t found any gotcha’s yet. I still haven’t tried the notes feature. Working my way up to that, but it’s simple enough to upload my own content (despite some of the rumors, it goes on without charge.) It’s also better for me as I have a MAC. cheerleader The Sony store is not compatible with Mac.

    The price is high, but that will come down in time and as I always buy books new, in about thirty books I will have saved the cost of the device. I’m wondering if Sony will compete with the pricing. (That would be good for Sony readers) Do have to be careful when buying new releases though. I noticed hard backs are 9.99 but so are MM which normally sell at 6.99. The latter doesn’t make sense. I wonder if it’s a glitch. Must remember to email Customer service and ask, but if that’s the case and I want a MM paperback, Im’ going to buy it elsewhere.

    Tomorrow, I try editing a manuscript on it. I like the ebookwise for that as it lets me handwrite in notes. It will be slow going with eh Kindle until I learn to use the keyboard. I never text so I’ve got a learning curve. chili


    by Sarah on November 21st, 2007 at 10:54 pm

  5. Ah, as I suspected, they’re working on the web interface and it’s experimental. Hopefully they’ll take my input to heart ’cause seriously, if they make the shopping a trip down eye strain lane, it does ruing the whole point of the device.


    by Sarah on November 22nd, 2007 at 2:50 pm

  6. I looked at all the info on the Kindle and then went to their store. Found Caine on page 4 of the romance section which listed books by bestselling. Woo Hoo Sarah!

    The only thing I didn’t like about the Kindle was no backlight so I’d need an alternate source of lighting. That’s one of the things I LOVE about the eBookwise 1150 - it has it’s own light.

    It’s also a hassle on a plane. They don’t let you read a wireless device during the short flights I take getting to Florida. Of course, that’s also a problem with the 1150. sigh


    by byrdloves2read on November 22nd, 2007 at 6:43 pm

  7. Linda,

    Well, that just bites!


    by Sarah on November 26th, 2007 at 8:05 pm

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