This post is for You to get ACTUAL Kindle 2 reviews – after searching Amazon for reviews from actual owners, reviews from booksummit and other sources of real reviews, here is a list of pros and cons from actual owners.
At Amazon, 529 out of 616 actual Kindle 2 owners give the Kindle 2 4 stars or 5 stars. That means 86% of Kindle 2 owners are very happy with it. Details at my post on Kindle 2 Reviews from owners. That post has the numbers, and this post covers what they actually wrote down.
When you get your Kindle 2, please chime in with your review and thoughts to help give people a clearer picture.
Kindle 2 Review – Pros of the Kindle 2
Here are pros from actual Kindle 2 owners. Also, do see the section on ways in which Kindle 2 has improved over Kindle 1 -
- The Kindle 2 disappears in your hand as you read it. Its a very non-intrusive device.
- You read a lot more with the Kindle. And for some people reading is quicker.
- Instant downloads. Much, much better than even next day shipping. Or driving over to a store and buying something.
- Kindle Store is easy to navigate and purchase from. You can write book reviews from Kindle 2.
- Weight and Size are a complete non-issue and you can read anywhere and in any posture. You can read for a long time without getting hand cramps or discomfort.
- You can read it with one hand.
- So much better to hold a Kindle 2 than a paperback or even a hardback.
- Looks good as it is thin and sleek.
- The screen is great and does not cause any eye strain like computer screens do.
- You can change font size anytime.
- Purchasing books is easy – just 1 click. Books reach you in 15-60 seconds.
- People have had very good experiences overall with Amazon customer service.
- A user had this to say -
Congratulations, Amazon. You’ve just invented the equivalent of the iPhone for e-books.
- On-board dictionary you can access without even leaving the book page you are on.
- Very intuitive to use Kindle 2.
- You do not have to be tech-savvy to use it and master it.
- Absolutely great for people with low vision that had to rely on only Large Print Books.
- You can download a single issue of a newspaper or magazine for just 50 cents to a dollar.
- Books now have a Book Description option that let you read the back cover.
- Easier to read newspapers on Kindle 2 than folding, re-folding and working wtih a large newspaper.
- Do not have to cut down trees.
Kindle 2 Review – Cons of the Kindle 2
Cons of the Kindle 2 from actual Kindle 2 Owners -
- No support for folders. This was the biggest complaint.
- The improvements over Kindle 1 are incremental.
- No native support for PDF files.
- No support for Word files.
- No SD Card slot and storage canèt be expanded.
- If the battery stops working you have to send it to Amazon to have it replaced for $59.
- No cover is included and has to be bought separately.
- Keyboard is tough to use – actually Kindle 1 keyboard was better. A surprisingly large number of people had problems with the keyboard.
- The experimental web browser is not very good.
- No back-light – though to be fair, the back-light really would mess up the screen readability.
- No sudoku or crossword puzzles. Only time killer is minesweeper.
- Having a single My Clippings file which is not easy to edit (must connect to PC).
I’m sure there will be some problems. To Be Updated with Actual Owner Reviews as they come in.
Thoughts from Kindle 1 + Kindle 2 owners on the Kindle 2
Here is what owners of Kindle 1 who upgraded to Kindle 2 (at a rather expensive $359 cost) think of it -
- Sleeker look and feel. Very thin.
- Kindle 2 owners greatly prefer the 5 way button as it has options to go Left and Right. A significant number of people thought the navigation and usability was hugely better.
- Sharper screen. 16 shades of gray means that photos display much better.
- No accidental page turns.
- Faster processor means faster searches and faster everything else.
- Better navigation within newspapers and articles since you can jump to the next article from within an article.
- Managing your books is much easier. You can download archived books straight to the Kindle 2.
- Dictionary is much improved.
- For the most part users felt page refreshes were faster. Opinion was divided between only slightly so and significantly faster.
- Kindle doesn’t fall out of the case.
- Progress bar includes a percentage read number.
- Better placement of power button.
- Slightly improved menus.
- The loss of the ability to replace batteries is a bad one.
- Not having a SD card slot sucks.
- Kindle 2 keyboard is tougher to use than Kindle 1 keyboard.
The overall opinion seems to be -
- Kindle 2 is the best eBook reader and worth the money.
- To stick with Kindle 1 unless you have the money to pay for a Kindle 2 which is better in a lot of ways without having any huge improvements over Kindle 1.
- I would add - make sure you do want an eBook Reader as Kindle 2 is not a multi-purpose device.
Do factor in all the pros and cons of the Kindle 2 as you decide whether to buy a Kindle 2. You can also check out my own review and thoughts on Kindle 2.0 - Kindle 2.0 Review – Should You buy a Kindle 2.0?