It’s been 2 weeks and 2 days since I got my Kindle 2 and after reading through 4 full books I absolutely LOVE IT! Here’s a comprehensive Kindle 2 review and a kindle 2 video review.
It’ll help you get a very good idea of whether you ought to buy a Kindle 2 and the videos show the screen very well.
Kindle 2 Review – What It Looks Like
The Kindle 2 is a good looking device –
- The white color looks a bit plain – however, it makes it easy for the Kindle 2 to fade into the background and the book you’re reading to take center-stage.
- Kindle 2 is very, very thin.
- The keyboard is tiny – tiny buttons, tiny lettering.
- The Next Page and Prev Page buttons have been modified so there are no longer accidental page-turns.
- The back is now polished metal – however, the battery is non-replaceable.
Here’s a video of what the Kindle 2 looks like – [wpvideo alwBbPmy].
Kindle 2 – What the Screen Looks Like
A lot of discussions have focused on the Screen and my thoughts are –
- Its very readable.
- The background is very light grey and not white, and the text is dark grey and not black.
- If you have eye problems and need high contrast black on white – it won’t work. If your eye-sight issues are related to font size it works very well.
- The six font sizes make for a great feature and allow even people with low eye-sight to read.
Here’s a video showing the contrast and comparing it with a paperback and a hardcover book – [wpvideo yJmdUa7v]. There’s a video showing font sizes below.
What Reading a Book on the Kindle 2 is like
Reading a book on Kindle 2 is –
- Very enjoyable. I find it a bit faster than reading an actual book.
- Much, much more enjoyable than reading on a computer screen.
- Does not tire your eyes.
- The 6″ screen size is a little smaller than ideal – 8″ or 9″ would work much better. One out of Kindle 3 and KindleText is going to have a 9.7′ screen.
- The ability to change font sizes makes things very enjoyable.
- Read To Me is a good feature. Do note that now its up to publishers on whether to allow the feature or not.
- Kindle 2 fades into the background.
- Page refreshes are relatively quick.
Kindle 2 Review – My 10 Favorite Features
- Ability to buy books instantly.
- Light weight and thin Kindle 2 is convenient to carry around and hold in your hand. Also, reading with one hand is easy.
- Changeable Font Sizes.
- Using Read To Me Text To Speech feature to let the Kindle 2 read to me.
- Battery life – it goes on forever, especially if you turn off the wireless.
- Free Internet Access and Free Wikipedia Access (not in Canada though so I’m missing this).
- It fades into the background.
- I’m reading much more – In 2 weeks I’ve read 4 full books and snippets of a lot of other books.
- Most books’ Kindle Editions are cheaper than print editions. I don’t buy any Kindle books over $9.99.
- 16 levels of grey-scale makes for much clearer pictures.
Here’s a video of changeable Font Sizes – [wpvideo dXyaxN0G].
Kindle 2 – Good Features
- 86% of Kindle 2 owners love it – check my post on Kindle 2 Reviews from actual owners.
- Whispernet coverage is extended to more areas, and you can buy books instantly over WhisperNet.
- WhisperSync which lets you read across different devices.
- Kindle for iPhone App to let you read on your iPhone or iTouch.
- 2 GB Internal storage.
- Saves Trees.
- MP3 songs can be played in the background.
- Powers from USB cable in addition to charger. So you can charge it from your PC or laptop.
Kindle 2 – Things I Wish Get Improved in Kindle 3.
This is not a wish-list for Kindle 3. Its just things that need to be improved based on my Kindle 2 review experience –
- A better keyboard – the keys are tiny and difficult to read and press.
- Improved navigation – the 5 way controller is useful. However, its slow and a touchscreen or better navigation is desperately needed.
- Folders – The ability to organize content into folders.
- SD Card slot to let you add more storage.
- Ability to work well with non-linear content i.e. newspapers, web pages, etc.
Kindle 2 – Software/Firmware Updates that ought to be done.
- Improve screen contrast by letting people choose ‘Read in Bold’ option, and also turn off anti-aliasing for the 2 smallest sized fonts.
- Allow 3rd party applications.
- Put in support for Folders.
Should You Buy a Kindle 2?
Based on the 2 weeks of owning and using a Kindle 2, you should definitely buy a Kindle 2 if you fall into one of these categories –
- Love to read books.
- Travel a lot.
- Commute to work everyday with a longer than 30 minutes trip.
- Want to read more books than you currently do. BTW, it makes a great gift if you want to encourage kids to read more.
- Are running out of space for books or are tired of moving with lots of books.
The Read To Me feature also makes it great for when you’re driving. However, it’s now up to Publishers to enable or disable this feature for their books and they might turn it off.
You can see a whole bunch of Kindle 2 Videos and video reviews of features at the Kindle 2 Video Page. Since Kindle 2 isn’t available at any store this is a good way to figure out what you’ll be getting.
You can find a longer list of Pros and Cons, and additional data like Comparisons with Kindle 1 at my detailed Kindle 2 Review post.
Kindle 2 Technical Specifications
And finally, the technical specifications –
Display: 6″ diagonal E-Ink® electronic paper display, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16-level gray scale.
Size (in inches): 8″ x 5.3″ x 0.36″.
Weight: 10.2 ounces.
System requirements: None, because it doesn’t require a computer.
Storage: 2GB internal (approximately 1.4GB available for user content).
Battery Life: Read on a single charge for up to 4 days with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to two weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store and downloading content. In low coverage areas or in 1xRTT only coverage, wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly.
Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours and supports charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable.
Connectivity: EVDOmodem with fallback to 1xRTT; utilizes Amazon Whispernet to provide U.S wireless coverage via Sprint’s 3G high-speed data network (check wireless coverage). See Wireless Terms and Conditions.
USB Port: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) for connection to the Kindle power adapter or optionally to connect to a PC or Macintosh computer.
Audio: 3.5mm stereo audio jack, rear-mounted stereo speakers.
Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; PDF, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
Included Accessories: Power adapter, USB 2.0 cable, rechargeable battery. Book cover sold separately.
Documentation: Quick Start Guide(included in box) [PDF]; Kindle 2 User’s Guide(pre-installed on device) [PDF].
Warranty and Service: 1 year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2 year Extended Warrantysold separately.
I hope the Kindle 2 Review helped you and congrats on reaching the end 😉 .