Amazon Kindle Review
I like it. 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, 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. 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…