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Amazon Kindle 3 3G / Wi-Fi eBook Reader

The third generation of Amazon's wireless reading device.

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Faster, Sleeker, Better!

  • Jan 31, 2011
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Last year, I bought a Kindle DX from the Amazon site and returned it within 24-hours. I was underwhelmed, because:

1. It was heavy
2. The refresh rate was slow
3. I couldn't access New Releases by genre (NOT the same thing as New and Notable)
4. I couldn't get lost in the reading experience

Well, I was in a Staples over the weekend and they had the new generation Kindles on display (immediately, I LOVED the graphite color compared to the dull ecru color).

I couldn't believe how fast the re-fresh rate was compared to the last generation (yes, it was that noticeable). The font was crisper, and it seemed easier to navigate with. I was told that yes, I can now browse by New Releases.

SOLD to the woman with the income tax refund!

I've been playing with my Kindle ever since and I can't believe how immersed I can get with the Kindle (granted, I haven't yet began to read fiction, but am loving reading newspapers, blogs and magazines with it so far...USA Today, Ellery Queen Magazine, NYT Book Review, etc.)

And I love that many classics are completely free, too! For example, I began buying the works of Charles Dickens last year (only two volumes into it) and found I could get his ENTIRE works for free via Kindle!

And I'm noticing that my 12-year old is reading genres with my Kindle that he may not otherwise. For example, I downloaded (again, for FREE) the entire works of Emily Dickinson. Well, I have most of her works already in book form. While my son didn't show interest in the book, he was actually reading poetry via the Kindle! And USA Today, too!

I love that this 3rd generation Kindle is thin and lightweight, too. (One of the reasons I bought the original DX was because of carpal tunnel/tendonitis numbness). With this version, though, I can just prop it on a cushion and hit the next tab!

The only reason I'm giving this Kindle 4 stars instead of 5 is that the Back button is RIGHT under the 5-way square; too many times, I've wanted to hit the down button of the square to scroll lower on a screen, only to have accidentally hit the BACK button below it (which means I have to start over).

Otherwise, this generation of Kindle is sleek, handsome, easy-to-use, easy-on-the-eyes, quick, intuitive, green and well-worth the price (although I'm beginning to doubt whether I need the 3G...the guy at Staples wasn't exactly "in the know"...)

Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time Tarot

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February 08, 2011
Nice, Janet! And very cool that this got your pre-teen into reading, too! Funny what tech can do :)
 
February 08, 2011
Great review Janet, I'm really tempted to get one. I think you are right though, the 3G isn't really necessary unless you are on the road a lot.
April 12, 2011
The sales person was clueless about the 3G aspect; looks like I wasted some money! Still, it's a great machine. I've been wanting to make a Things to do with a Kindle post on my blog...I think you'd like it, Kort!
April 12, 2011
It's nice to have the flexibility Janet, so perhaps it wasn't wasted money. Did you hear about the new, cheaper Kindles that are pushing ads now?
April 12, 2011
Yeah, just heard about it today! Doesn't seem worth it to pay $30 less but have ads in your face. :oP
April 12, 2011
My thoughts exactly. I'd rather pay a little more and be ad-free.
April 12, 2011
Tell me about it! Now, if it were $50, I could see the appeal...
 
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Amazon announced a new generation of the Kindle on July 28, 2010.   While Amazon does not officially add numbers to the end of each Kindle denoting its generation, most reviewers, customers and press companies refer to this updated Kindle as the "Kindle 3".

The Kindle 3 is available in two versions. One of these, the Kindle Wi-Fi, is initially priced at US$139 / GB£109, and connects to the Internet exclusively via public or private Wi-Fi networks. The other version, considered a replacement to the Kindle 2, is priced at US$189 / GB£149 and includes both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. The new Kindle with 3G is available in two colors: classic white and graphite. Both models use the new E-ink "Pearl" display, which Amazon claims is 50% better in contrast - a claim that is backed up by early user reports.

Among other hardware changes Kindle 3 has a larger 1750 mAh lithium polymer battery, AnyDATA DTP-600W 3G GSM modem and Atheros AR6102G 802.11bg WiFi chip.

The third generation Kindle is 0.5 inches shorter and 0.5 inches narrower than the Kindle 2. It supports additional fonts and international Unicode characters. An experimental browser based on the popular WebKit platform is included, as well as text-to-speech menu navigation. Internal memory is expanded to 4 GB. The battery can allegedly last for up to one month of reading with the wireless radios turned off.

Pre-orders for the new Kindle began concurrent with the announcement of the...
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