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Amazon Kindle Review – Should You Buy the New Kindle Reader?

Updated on March 16, 2011

Uncover the Facts - Why the Kindle is Amazon's Best Selling Product Reveiws Below

The Amazon Kindle electronic reading appliance is the most popular selling item on This is saying a lot because Amazon sells millions of products and people are choosing the Kindle over the competition. So why would anyone want to own a kindle when they can just use their smart phone or iPad or ? Being intrigued by the possibilities of taking a seemingly endless supply of reading material with you in a compact package must be at least part of the answer. I begin my investigation by reading the reviews of the Amazon Kindle on the major gadget and blog sites to see what they have to say on the subject.

The information about the Amazon Kindle Reviews below are obtained from the most popular sources. The highlighted key points pulled from each article so you can quickly and easily decide of the Amazon Kindle is for you. Please note these reviews are of the most current newest Amazon Kindle Generation.

This is the ultimate run down of the Amazon Kindle as reviewed by the most popular review sites. Read this and cut to the chase. Reading this one simple article will save you about half an hour as the important points are all compiled here. When you are done reading you’ll know if the Kindle is a gadget you should consider owning.

Engadget’s Review of the Amazon Kindle Highlights

  • The new Kindle is seriously light, and it's certainly now approaching the size of a mass market paperback -- and, in our opinion, as long as we don't lose screen real estate, the smaller and more portable, the better.
  • Other key changes Amazon's made to the Kindle include the doubling of storage up to 4GB from 2GB, and the company also claims to have doubled the battery life from two weeks to four (that's with the wireless off, of course). With the new capacity you can squeeze around 3,500 books onto one of these now, and while we did not test Amazon's battery life claim (because we haven't had it nearly long enough), trust us when we say the battery should rarely be an issue with one of these.
  • At the end of the day, there are two paths a consumer can go down when buying a new reading device: the standalone reader or the do-it-all unit which also reads books. In the standalone category, the Kindle is probably the one to beat, and its support for the platform with apps for many devices are certainly helping it to flourish. We are still, however, not at all assured that the standalone path is the one most consumers will ultimately traverse.’s Amazon Kindle Review Highlights

  • The unit itself is tiny. If you have a standard DVD case to hand pick it up and you are holding something that’s almost the same width and height (check out the top image in this post), but double the thickness of the Kindle. In the hand it is very light, and you appreciate the additional case length where the keyboard is located so it can be easily held without your thumbs infringing on the screen.
  • I have always been a bit suspicious of the claim reading on an E Ink display is very close to paper. While it’s easy to tell the difference between the two, after extended use I can’t fault the Kindle’s display for readability. It’s viewable in all light conditions without the problems commonly associated with a typical LCD display. What’s also surprising is the detail possible in this latest generation.
  • There’s a wide range of options when viewing a book. Decide on portrait or landscape screen rotation, text size, typeface, line spacing, and words per line. This is enough to make any reader, with any quality of eyesight, happy
  • Text-to-speech is actually one of three experimental features the new Kindle has. The other two are MP3 playback and a web browser. MP3 playback is on a par with a cellphone in terms of quality through the two speakers on the back of the Kindle. Plug headphones in and you get a better audio experience.
  • I am now convinced e-reader devices do have a place on everyone’s list of gadgets. Discussions as to how tablet devices threaten the e-reader market are right to be had, but this is a very different device to a tablet. It’s tiny, does not need charging very often, and is very easy on the eyes when reading.

ZDNet’s Amazon Kindle Review Highlights

  • Overall, the new Kindle swung me back on to the side of e-readers in this never-ending debate about multifunction (think iPad) vs. mostly single function devices (e-readers).
  • One hand reading is really easy. The 3G/Wi-Fi version of the latest kindle checks in at 8.7 ounces. It seemed as light as my phone.
  • The browser. Even though the Kindle is primarily for reading, I find myself browsing for real-time data from time to time. The latest Kindle has a Webkit browser. It’s still odd seeing black and white Web pages, but the latest Kindle is a vast improvement when it comes to browsing.
  • With the price points, the arguments against getting a dedicated e-reader tend to fall away. Amazon with $139 and $189 price points. Grandinetti says he envisions multiple Kindles in a household. That argument at $139 is quite believable. At $99.99 it’s really believable. Simply put, e-readers may become a mass market device beyond the rabid reader set. If anything, e-readers will be book replacements and a way to consolidate your periodicals. Given the prices, I’ll be getting one.

Quotes from Other Web Review Sites Published on Amazon

"New Kindle leaves rivals farther back." - New York Times

"Amazon's newest Kindle is the best ebook-reading device on the market. It's better than the Apple iPad, the Barnes & Noble Nook, the various Sony readers…" - Fast Company

"Battery life is long enough for space shuttle missions." - Wired

"What's clear, however, is that if you're looking for a standalone e-reader (i.e., a portable replacement for physical books), this is the go-to, standard-setting device." - Engadget

"Its solid build quality, along with its improved design, integrated store, and cross-platform transportability… all add up to a winner that shoots to the head of the pack." - PC World

"Simply put, it's the best dedicated ebook reader you can buy… Amazon has managed to increase the contrast on the Kindle in a way that sets it above the Nook, Sony Readers, or any other dedicated ebook reader we've tested." - PC Magazine

What Owners of the Amazon Kindle Have to Say

  • IPad is a lot better for magazines, reference materials, and illustrated materials. Kindle is worlds better for reading novels. IPad is pretty heavy, making it more difficult to hold in your hand or carry with you everywhere. Kindle is much more portable and easier to hold. IPad has some amazing children's books and magazines, which take advantage of its multimedia features. IPad is unreadable in sunlight and glare is bad in bright light. Kindle is as good as a printed page in bright light. Ipad serves as a creative tool, a computing tool, a gaming tool, and a communication tool. Kindle is only a novel machine. I don't regret buying either one of them. An iPad won't replace books, but a Kindle can, if the book is text-only.
  • Should you get 3G + Wifi or just Wifi? I think this question can be answered simply by asking yourself if you travel a lot. Being able to buy books and access wireless content on the road is an indispensable option and well worth the extra money in my mind. Keeping the device mainly at home or near wifi hotspots really negates the need for 3G though.
  • The Nook's color LCD touch screen drains its battery quickly - I could never get more than 5 days out of a charge. The Kindle 2 had longer battery life than the Nook, and Kindle 3 has even longer life: in the 3 months since we received our Kindle 3's, we typically get 3 weeks of battery life between charges. (We keep wireless off about half the time to save battery power.)
  • I am totally consumed with reading since I purchased my Kindle. Since I have rheumatoid arthritis, holding a book and turning pages becomes increasingly difficult. Kindle has given me greater flexibility physically, as well as allowing me to peruse the huge Amazon library of reading options without leaving the comfort of my home. I find I have to schedule my activities so they fit in with my reading....... and that's a good thing!
  • I did go back and forth about getting this or the nook because of the library lending feature, but my library has a pathetic e-book selection & wait time. Plus I love having access to books I love to reread. And with all the free books I have downloaded my reading habit is not costing me a great deal (I have read 20 books in the past month which is average for me).
  • I did buy the lighted Amazon cover because I don't like a naked Kindle plus it's nice to have the light. I didn't think I would use it much but it comes in handy.
  • This is perhaps the best investment I have ever made. I read constantly, wherever I go that I have any wait time at all. This wonderful Kindle fits perfectly in my purse, is light and is not obnoxious like a book. I can pull it out anywhere and catch a chapter here and there. The books are a bit of a hassle to download if you have to do it directly on the computer when WiFi is not available, it takes forever! But when finally there it is the best. No more book shopping at Costco!

Wow that last comment hits home as I’m a huge Costco advocate. While I’m not an addicted reader, I can appreciate any one who finds any product they prefer over Costco – to me that’s saying a lot! Ultimately if you are an avid reader the Amazon Kindle is the best device on the market. Sure you can get a tablet device, but in comparison they are still astronomically expensive. Thank you for taking the time to read this review of the Amazon Kindle.

What do you think? Are you going to purchase an Amazon Kindle? Do you already have a Kindle? Are you thinking of the Nook? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


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  • jamesbondsmate profile image


    7 years ago

    I would love one of these. Good work.

  • MikeNV profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Henderson, NV

    iPads can read Kindle books, but it's an entirely different device. One is color one is not. iPads are larger and heavier - harder to hold in one hand when reading. iPads are dramatically more expensive, etc. iPad is not really a competitor to the Kindle for reading purposes.

  • MikeNV profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Henderson, NV

    The newest Kindles are now 3rd Generation. Technology moves fast, but I did not find any hint of a 4th generation being right around the corner.

  • BlissfulWriter profile image


    8 years ago

    iPad or Kindle? I don't have neither and wondering which is better choice to buy. I understand that the iPad can read Kindle e-books.

  • gracenotes profile image


    8 years ago from North Texas

    Won't be getting one soon. It's another mobile device to keep up with. But for voracious readers, the Kindle is the way to go, and it's attractively priced (finally). If Kindle makes it easy to purchase lots of books, hopefully the user can support their habit. I prefer to use my public library or Half Price Books, as my budget will not support lots of book-buying at this time.

    I rated this one up.

  • Pamela N Red profile image

    Pamela N Red 

    8 years ago from Oklahoma

    I've been thinking about getting one of these. I read a lot and some books are now only available via ebooks. Some publishing companies no longer print paperback books and have gone to ebooks instead.

  • Minnetonka Twin profile image

    Linda Rogers 

    8 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for your great review.

  • Singular Investor profile image

    Singular Investor 

    8 years ago from Oxford

    Nice hub - but which is the latest Kindle ? I've lost track :-( Is it worth buying now or is there a new one round the corner ?


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