Amazon Kindle: The Next Generation G3Review - What Do You Think?With the presentation of the Third generation of Amazon Kindle, the online retailer has all thereasons to celebrate: this ebook reader is not only better than everything has been built before inthis category, but it is also ready to meet the mainstream masses. With the Amazon Kindle,Amazon solves all the negative aspects of earlier ebook reader generations, such as slow pageturns, finger-unfriendly button designs and heavy weight. This doesnt mean there is no room forimprovement, but this Kindle is the first I will certainly recommend to my friends.ValueThere are two versions of the third-generation Amazon Kindle. The Kindle Wi-Fi costs $139,while the Kindle that has both Wi-Fi and 3G and costs $189. The 3G-only Kindle 2 costpreviously just as much. Please remember the third generation Kindle is not only a minor update,display improvement or a color refresh, just like we have seen in the case of Kindle DX(Graphite). It can be seen from a distance that there is a lot of work and attention in this ebookreader. This might show that the company thinks its hardware strategy to be very important, incomplementing its software (the Kindle apps for Mac, Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, andPC) and e-bookstore strategies.One has to notice that the new Kindle comes in two colors: eye-pleasing graphite (just the sameas the Kindle DX presented earlier this summer) and the usual Kindle white. Some might arguethat dark ebook readers are easier to read, because they give a perception of better contrast.However, this is only an impression. Others might feel they can read the white one better. Thedisplay was enhanced, too. The Amazon Kindle now has a 6-inch E-Ink Pearl display just likethe Kindle DX (Graphite). This display has 50 percent better contrast, which is quite noticeablein use. Just like on Kindle DX (Graphite), the text looks smoother, and the blacks are more solid.The Pearl display also has faster screen refresh rates, which improves user experiencesignificantly (more on that later).SmallerThe streamlined design of the Amazon Kindle made possible to shrink the reader by 21 percent.However is we look at the numbers, it doesnt seem that much is shaved off. The new modelmeasures 7.5 by 4.8 by 0.34 inches, versus the 8 by 5.3 by 0.36 inches of the Kindle 2. Howeverif you look at the two devices side-by-side, it is obvious that the third generation Amazon Kindlebecame significantly smaller. In order to get this smaller design, the manufacturer primarilytrimmed the superfluous, wasted space around the edges, so the device is now dominated by its6-inch screen. The functionality is not affected by this: there is still enough room around theedges for the fingers to rest comfortably while holding the device.Lighter
The design of Amazon Kindle is a pleasure to hold in hand. The user can read a couple of hourswithout feeling any pain or stiffness in his hands. This fact is even more interesting because thesame thing cannot be said for the multipurpose Apple iPad: this device with its 1.5 pounds (25ounces) weight is almost three times heavier than the Kindle (8, 7 ounces). This fact makes areally strong argument in favor of the Kindle.However, this review is not only about comparing the iPad to the third generation AmazonKindle. The Kindle is a masterpiece in itself, and it is the first time I can say that it is a pleasureto hold a Kindle ebook reader in hand. I must also say that the Kindle is not the lightest ebookreader available on the market: there is an ebook reader that is nearly one ounce lighter, the KoboeReader, which also has a 6-inch display. Then the Bookeen Cybook Opus, with a 5-inchdisplay, is even lighter, with 5.3 ounces. At the same time, the Barnes & Nobles Nook (11.6ounces for Nook Wi-Fi, 12.1 ounces for Nook Wi-Fi + 3G) is significantly heavier than theAmazon Kindle; and the new Kindle is 15 percent lighter than its 10.2-ounce predecessor.Better DesignThe new Kindle, with its lighter weight and more compact design, the third-generation Kindlealso provides a more pleasing reading experience than the earlier models. Its curved back covermade from a subtle, rubberized material, also makes it easier to hold. Because of the morecompact design, Amazon had to modernize and thoroughly redesign the keys and buttons. Nearthe screen now there are very simple forward and back buttons, mirrored in shape and size, andsignaled by arrows instead of words. With this feature, the Kindle is suitable for both left- andright-handed users. The units buttons, when used, seem to be in very well-thought, convenientand ergonomic places.A drawback of the second-generation Kindle was that the page-forward and page-back buttonsdepressed inward, into the screen: as a result, when they were pressed, a noisy, mechanical soundwas heard. The third generation Kindle now has buttons that depress away from the screen, andare much slimmer, like a rocker-style button that melds into the edge of the device. This solutionis much better, as the fingers dont need to hover in a single place to turn the page. The hand canbe moved and the page can still be turned with the heel of the palm, or even with the thumb: arather unique experience. In addition to this, Amazon corrected the unfunctional, outwardlypage-turn buttons of its first-generation Kindle that led to many accidental page turns.NavigationThe navigation buttons were also completely redesigned. They were rearranged and clusteredtogether, the page-forward and -back buttons have shrunk dramatically: to only one-quarter of aninch wide. At the bottom of the keyboard there is the Home button, ant the joystick-navigationcluster of the Kindle 2 was replaced with a very comfortable D-pad-like approach with a five-way navigation square, with an oval Menu button above it and a Back button beneath. When youuse the Amazon Kindle, your fingers will find the new layout very convenient and finger-friendly. It is very easy to adapt to the new organization, which is way better than the joystick ofthe previous models. The buttons respond promptly, and the Amazon Kindle is kept up well.
There is a tighter keyboard layout, the key are a bit closer and the row of numbers is removed.So you will have to press the symbol button to get to the numbers, just like you do on atouchscreen phone keyboard. Because the keyboard buttons are rounded and they are closertogether, it is much easier to type on this keyboard than that of the second-generation Kindle.The typing experience resembles very much the typing on a physical cell phone keyboard.Every Amazon Kindle button and port (the headphone jack, the micro-USB, power switch andvolume rocker) is now situated along the bottom edge, in a neat row. The power switch was onthe top, and on Kindle 3 it was moved down, which might seem a little bit unexpected andawkward, but the other buttons are very comfortable. And there is a cute thing: when you slidethe switch or plug the device into the power, the healthy battery life is shown by a green light.When the battery needs to be charged, it glows in amber.TechnologyThe Amazon Kindle, unlike its predecessors, just breezes thorough the pages. Even veryimpatient persons can be happy with the way the new Kindle turns the pages. And there isvirtually no lag in scrolling through the menu options. The page turns are 20 percent faster,according to Amazon. The manufacturer says that the increased speed comes from the Amazonsproprietary waveform and controller technology (this technology is essentially a series of pulsesthat move white and black electronic ink particles to give the grey level that makes the final textor image), and the new display. When the page turns, there is still an annoying flicker, butbecause the speed is much increased, the flicker is rather acceptable.In my experience, the speed issue is very important. The second generation of Kindle was quiteunresponsive and sluggish, but I must mention that the slowest ebook reader I ever saw was theKobo eReader. There is only one place I noticed a lag: in a Kindle bookstore. However it is untiltoday unclear to me whether the lag was due to the speed of the displays redraw, the bookstoresresponsiveness or the integrity of the 3G connection. No matter the cause was, in this situationseveral times the book cover thumbnails lagged behind the page load of the rest of the content.The ExperienceThe e-reading experience on the Amazon Kindle remained largely unchanged. However, evenhere Amazon added some cool new features. You can change line spacing from within menus(there are three options: small, medium and large), and you can also change the typeface too (theoptions are condensed, regular and sans serif). These options can be accessed from the fontsbutton, now situated on the bottom row, between the space bar and the home button. Some otherfont options would be welcome, and the options could be presented in the sample text, much likethe font-size options are presented. Despite this, it is good to see Amazon add the option tochange fonts, because virtually all LCD-based ebook readers have this feature for some time.It would be also great if Amazon would take the opportunity to start to improve the speed andpresentation of its bookstore. While shopping, it occurred to me that the page redraw speeds areslower than when I was elsewhere in the device. This might be caused by the Kindle bookstoresdesign or 3G connection.
Just like Kindle DX (Graphite) and the second-generation Kindle with updated firmware, thethird-generation Kindle supports sharing passages via Twitter and Facebook. It also supportspopular highlights and viewing collections: these are created from the data of what passagesKindle users are sharing. There is also a new WebKit-based Web browser in the new Kindle.This browser is still in an experimental stage, but it evolved from the second generation Kindle.The PDF viewer is also improved, but the manufacturer still has to come up with a solution forhow to reflow PDFs so we can read them directly on the unit. (The closest approximation todayrequires you to email a PDF to your Kindle device.)More MemoryThe new Kindle increased its memory from 2GB to 4GB, which means that it can hold up to3500 books (the second-generation Kindle only could store 1500). The manufacturer also claimsthat the Kindle can function up to one month with one single battery charge. Amazon says that itdoesnt use any revolutionary battery technology for this: the performance could be obtainedthorough software modifications. The 3G wireless is still delivered by AT&T with no charge.For those who want a lighted E-Ink screen, the case solution of Amazon can be a great choice.The case worked splendidly on a night-time plane ride, without the need of an overhead light.The leather case sold for $60 feels good in hand, and has an ingenious pull-out extendable lightthat curves around and illuminates the screen. It is a clever, but not perfect design: if you donthave any fingernails, the light might be difficult to pull out. Besides, the light spread proved tobe uneven: more intense in the upper right quadrant than in the lower left.My ConclusionThe third generation Amazon Kindle is ideal for those who want the advantages on a dedicatedebook reader. Its greatest advantages are long battery life and a paper-like screen that can be readin bright light. The new Kindle is worth its money because the mix of its price, features andperformance. Its great build quality, along with the improved design, integrated store and cross-platform transportability make the third generation Amazon Kindle a leader in its segment. Ihave to say that this is the first ebook reader after a long time that left me wanting to read more. Iwill probably buy one myself.Want to learn more about the new Amazon Kindle? For a FULL out the box and technicalreview visit our site at Kindle Reader Review for the complete low-down on the All-NewKindle.Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Arthur_M_Jones