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Product Review of Amazon Kindle -Pros and Cons of Kindle
Amazon’s Kindle Revolution History
The Kindle is an electronic book device launched in the United States by Amazon.com in November 2007. The device is used without a computer connection.Kindle usesa cellular data network to deliver the facilities mentioned above, known as Whispernet, which is accessible without any monthly fee or wireless subscription. At 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback, it gets books delivered wirelessly in less than 60 seconds and has a storage capacity for about 1500 books.
Kindle is an amazing gadget which sets out to change the way we read books, newspapers, weblogs, and more. Recently, amazon . com slashed the price of its popular Kindle reader by more than a quarter. The Kindle is available at a new price of $189, down from the previous $259, which gives you one more reason to own this valuable gadget…
You can order your own Kindle through this link:
Also, you can follow this link to see the books, newspapers and magazines auto delivered by Kindle: Kindle Store
Amazon’s Kindle Features:
Kindle design: Barely a third of an inch in profile, Kindle is lighter than a typical paperback and as thin as most magazines. It is a wireless device and easy to use. You can hold the device easily with either of your hands since page-turning buttons are located on both sides. The easy-to-use 5-way controller, enables precise on-screen navigation for selecting text to highlight or looking up words.
Battery life: Based on the usage of the wireless, the battery life of the device may vary. Wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly in places with low coverage as well as in EDGE/GPRS-only coverage areas. When the wireless is turned off, the battery life will be longer, for up to 2 weeks as compared to when the wireless is turned on (may be up to 1 week). There will be U.S. power adapter and a micro-USB cable for charging your Kindle from a computer USB port.
Whispernet Wireless access: Whispernet allows your books and periodicals to be delivered in less than 60 seconds. However the coverage, signal strength and file size may determine the download time. Wireless connectivity is free of cost too. Kindle utilizes GSM technology, with wireless coverage in over 100 countries. You can travel all over the globe and get the required information within limited time. You can also download books wirelessly in over 100 countries around the world.
Library in your hands: You can always have your entire Kindle library with you, which holds up to 1,500 books. You can wirelessly re-download books which are automatically backed up online in your Kindle book library when you purchase a book from the Kindle Store.
Reading facilities: Just as while reading books, one just disappears into the content as they read in Kindle. Kindle combines a paper-like display (167 dpi, 4-level grayscale) with a custom, anti-aliased typeface to achieve remarkable readability. Six text sizes are available, from tiny to huge; all are crisp and readable. Also, Kindle never gets warm as other electronic appliances and so you can comfortably read as long as you like.
Some of the other features that helps in reading are- you can read in sunlight without glare, the images displayed are sharp and clear, there is built in PDF reader and dictionary, opportunity to read newspapers, Personal Document Service Via Whispernet, Wireless Access to Wikipedia, Audiobooks, opportunity to read Kindle Books on your iPhone or PC etc.
Some of the new features are:
Collections: You can now organize your books and documents into one or more collections so that you can easily access the required book.
PDF Pan and Zoom: You can now easily zoom into PDF document and pan around to easily view small print and detailed tables or graphics.
Font modifications: Two new larger font sizes and sharper fonts are coming for comfortable reading experience.
Password security: Protect your Kindle book reader with a password by which you can choose to lock your Kindle automatically when you are not using it.
Popular Highlights: You can see what the Kindle community thinks are the most interesting passages in the books you’re reading.
Social network posts: Now you can share your favorite book passages with your facebook and twitter’s friends.
Pros of Kindle:
- Easy to carry and able to store thousands of books.
- Compared to other electronic gadgets, Kindle is eye friendly and the fonts can be adjusted to make it comfortable for reading.
- Kindle's Whispernet lets you download books quickly.
- The books sold in digital format are sold at cheaper prices as compared to their printed counterparts.
- Kindle lets you do researchbytaking notes, and it has a built-in dictionary.
- Kindle has a better battery life.
Read-to-Me: With the experimental Text-to-Speech feature, there are facilities to read content out loud to you, unless you make the feature unavailable. Since the pages automatically turn while the content is being read, you can listen hands-free. You can also choose male or female voice and sped up or slow down the reading pace based on your preference.
Also, the new software updates will automatically get installed in your Kindle as your device comes in contact with wireless connection.
Cons of Kindle:
- Not all books are made available in digital format since the print industry would suffer.
- It will take some time to get adjusted to the reading in Kindle as it is a lot different from reading a book.
- Kindle is very fragile and if you do not handle it properly, it will get damaged easily.
- Kindle can't be read in the dark. To do that, you would have to purchase an accessory reading light.
- Although Kindle uses Whispernet to download books and you can look up facts online, actual Web surfing via Kindle takes a long time.
- Since all publishing companies have not got on board with Amazon, Die-hard readers might find it difficult to get all the books as per their wish.
One has to consider all these advantages and disadvantages before planning to buy a Kindle.