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Amazon Kindle 3 Review - New Features

Updated on July 14, 2011

If you're somehow new to the electronic world and searching for a new reader, then the Amazon Kindle 3 is surely the way to go.



If you're somehow new to the electronic world and searching for a new reader, then the Amazon Kindle is surely the way to go.

Amazon is coming out with the new Kindle 3 in a market that is now much more competitive than it was a few years ago.

New features of the Kindle 3 include being lighter than its predesessor, an improved screen resolution, faster page turns, large library of hundreds of thousands of e-books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs.

You can buy this Kindle in two different versions, one with both Wi-Fi and 3G wireless for under $200 and a Wi-Fi-only version, under $150. Some other features include having colors in graphite or white with more memory (4GB instead of 2GB). The battery life is now four weeks instead of two weeks with the wireless turned off.

It is capable of storing 3,500 electronic books and has eight fonts available. The battery life is excellent and this version displays image files and plays MP3 and AAC audio.

The new Kindle 3 has vaulted to the top of the e-book reader category with all these new features.

The Kindle Lighted Leather Case is by far one of the better add-on accessories. This is quite impressive on its own as the E-Ink display is not backlit and a light source is therefore required to view the Kindle in the dark.

Many people enjoy reading in bed and with the Kindle Lighted Leather Case, the light completely disappears into the case by simply pushing the light shaft down when you are through using it ( see video below ). It is powered by the Kindle itself through the case's metal connectors, which act as a conduit to the Kindle's built-in battery. That means your Kindle has to be turned on for the light to work.

The light, like a lot of LED book lights, doesn't splash evenly across the screen. It's a little brighter in the right corner than the bottom of screen. But it does provide enough light for reading.

We have a Sony Reader that is very nice looking in its red case. However, I do find it rather heavy compared to the Amazon Kindle 3 and the case has no light, so you must have a light on in the room to view the screen. Also, the Sony does not have the "Text to Speech" which the Kindle does. When your eyes need a rest, just switch over to "Speech" and continue to enjoy your story.

People who like to read are really going to love and appreciate the new Kindle 3. From a cost of less than $200, down from $500 a few years ago, what's not to like.


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