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Amazon Kindle is an e-book reader. Much like other e-book readers, Kindle gives its users the possibility to read, download, browse, and shop for newspapers, magazines, and other digital media. The creator of the Kindle hardware is an Amazon subsidiary called Lab126, and its headquarters are in Cupertino, California. There are many versions of this device, which will be described in this Amazon kindle review.
First and second generation
The first generation of the Amazon Kindle was released in November 2007. The starting price of this generation was $399. The biggest advantage of this generation of Kindles is that it has the possibility of expanding the storage capacity. The initial capacity of 250MB is usually not enough, which is why this Kindle has an SD card slot. To this date, this is the only Kindle with this feature. The display measures 6 inches (diagonally). The second generation of Kindle was presented in February 2009. Compared to the first generation, this one was superior in the internal storage department (2GB), it has the text-to-speech option, and is slimmer than its predecessor. The SD card slot is gone, so the storage expansion is not possible. Nevertheless, the 2GB of memory should be enough. This generation also had an international version, which pretty much was the same as the USA-only revision. According to many Amazon kindle reviews, the display of the international version of this Kindle has higher contrast. However, Amazon has not made this information official.
Kindle DX and Kindle DX Graphite
Being the successor of the second generation, the Kindle DX, and eventually the Kindle DX Graphite are considered an improvement of the second generation Kindle. The bigger display, the accelerometer, and the opportunity of viewing PDF files are the main improvements. This generation as well had an international version. You can access the Internet anywhere, because international mobile Internet standards are implemented. The Kindle DX Graphite was presented at the beginning of July 2010. The higher contrast, the support of 3G internet, 128MB of internal memory, and firmware used in the second generation Kindle are the features of this version of Kindle. The biggest flaw of the Kindle DX Graphite is that it does not support international fonts, so papers or books with Cyrillic, Chinese, or Japanese letter cannot be viewed on this type of Kindle.
Third generation of Kindle
In the last section of this Amazon kindle review, we will go over the features of the third generation of this e-book reader. Presented to the public toward the end of August 2010, this device, also known as Kindle Keyboard (because of the built-in keyboard) was available in two versions. The first version has the possibility of you connecting to a wireless network, while the other version offers you the opportunity of you using both wireless and 3G Internet. The third generation of Kindle has an improved display. Compared to the previous versions, the display of this one is made by the standards of the E-Ink pearl technology. Other features include internal storage capacity of 4GB, a powerful lithium-ion battery (1750 mAh), a wireless card made by Atheros, and a 3G modem made by AnyDATA.