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Quick Review of Amazon Kindle 3G (plus some images and microscope images)

I recently ordered an Amazon Kindle 3G as I wanted an ebook reader to read papers and some of CommonsWare’s great android books and the kindle seemed like excellent value for money. It arrived today so here is a quick review along with some pictures:

Advantages

  • Cost – Only ~£150
  • 3G – Free browsing web over 3G (worldwide!)
  • Wifi – For quicker browsing / downloading, works well no hitches.
  • MP3 Player – With speakers or headphone socket
  • Text to speech – So you don’t even have to read your ebooks any more, it even turns the page for you! The voice is quite good sounding only partially robotic; It manages pauses well with brackets, commas, etc. but sometimes doesn’t pause properly between paragraphs. Also some obscure words are mispronounced. I don’t know how good this would be for reading fiction as an audio book but this isn’t likely a feature I will be using much.
  • Viewing angle – due to the technology of the screen (E ink), you can still see the screen irrespective of angle (unless view is physically obscured obviously…)
  • – Screen is visible in direct sunlight unlike AMOLED phone screens
  • Supported formats – Supports MOBI (kindle), PDF, EPUB
  • Fits in my pocket – Just about fits in my pocket, with only a bit sticking out, this would obviously not be suited for long distance but as temporary holding place it is just fine.

Disadvantages

  • White is grey – Okay so the background is not completely white, more greyish, but I don’t really care it is still very book-like.
  • Scientific papers – Two column journal papers are a bit awkward to read or navigate using the current zoom settings

Neutral

  • You could fit about 26,000 into a olymic sized swimming pool

Photos

Amazon kindle 3G reading a nice android pdf with images

Amazon kindle 3G reading a nice android pdf with images

Amazon kindle 3G (Experimental settings; Web browsing, mp3 player, and text to speech)

Amazon kindle 3G (Experimental settings; Web browsing, mp3 player, and text to speech)

Newspapers
There is a choice of which country you’d like to view newspapers from and in the UK there is a choice of 5 (Telegraph, daily mail, independent, financial times, and London evening standard notably the Times is missing… what are they playing at?) all of which offer a 2 week free trial of the newspaper or the purchasing of single issues or a monthly subscription (prices vary).

Newspaper subscription on kindle (free 14 day trial on most subscriptions)

Newspaper subscription on kindle (free 14 day trial on most subscriptions)

Daily Mail viewed on the kindle, no crossword or puzzle page though :(

Daily Mail viewed on the kindle, no crossword or puzzle page though 🙁

Microscope images
And as usual when I buy something new and exciting I have to look at it under a microscope 🙂

Amazon Kindle 3G display (No mag)

Amazon Kindle 3G display (No mag)

Amazon Kindle 3G display under microscope (Low mag)

Amazon Kindle 3G display under microscope (Low mag)

Amazon Kindle 3G display under microscope (High mag)

Amazon Kindle 3G display under microscope (High mag)

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