Kindle 3 Reviews – Review Compilation

Reviews of the Kindle 3 are springing up everywhere. You got a chance to see my Kindle 3 Review and take a look at lots of Kindle 3 photos earlier today.

What about the other Kindle 3 reviews?

Well, this post will cover all the most interesting parts of the other Kindle 3 reviews.

Kindle 3 Reviews – What Kindle 3 Strengths do Kindle 3 reviews point out?

Here are the strengths of the Kindle 3 according to various Kindle 3 reviews -

  1. Sharpness of the display – Nearly everyone mentions this. The fonts are smoother and sharper, the black are darker, and the screen is whiter.
  2. Compact Size – Len at Kindle Chronicles makes a good point that the weight and size makes quite a difference when reading. He also points out that Kindle 3 fits into a coat pocket (a decent sized one). Lots of praise for the smaller size and the lighter weight and PC Mag even considers it the most dramatic change.
  3. Speed – Page Turns are definitely faster. Lots of the Kindle 3 reviews are effusive about the speed improvements.
  4. Accessibility – Len at Kindle Chronicles points out that the combination of the new Voice Guide and the older Text to Speech feature makes for solid accessibility. A few of the other Kindle 3 reviews also mention this.
  5. WiFi – Faster than 3G. WiFi lets you connect in places where 3G isn’t available. Lots of praise for the WiFi.
  6. PDFs support Notes and Highlights, Search, and the Dictionary. This is a valuable addition and hopefully makes its way to Kindle 2, DX, and DX 2.
  7. Price – The $189 Kindle 3 is good value for money. At $139 Kindle WiFi is even better. 
  8. Lighted Kindle Cover – CNet calls it Amazon’s secret weapon and have to agree. Wish the price were lower than $60.
  9. Graphite casing enhances readability – Melissa Peterson at PC World mentions this and couldn’t agree more.
  10. Rubberized, curved back – Makes Kindle 3 easier to hold.
  11. Reorganized Keys – Lots of mention of the keys being easier to use (although there are a few downsides too – no number keys, 5-way too close to back button). Melissa Peterson at PC World uses the phrase ‘more finger friendly’ and that sums it up perfectly.
  12. Quieter Page Turn buttons.
  13. Praise for the WebKit browser was muted. It’s one of the best additions in my opinion and the lack of praise for it is strange.
  14. Solid build quality.
  15. Double the memory.
  16. Built in microphone. Lots of talk at CNet of the possibilities – Skype, voice recognition, voice notes.
  17. Potential new Kindle Games and Apps. The possibility of new Kindle Apps seems to get Kindle 3 reviewers very excited.
  18. Lets you read without getting in the way.
  19. Synchronizes your place in a book (and your notes and highlights) across a variety of devices. There was lots and lots of praise for this.
  20. Design – A couple of Kindle 3 reviews praise the design a lot. To me it seems good but not extraordinary.

Kindle 3 Reviews – What Kindle 3 weaknesses do Kindle 3 reviews point out?

Here are the various things the Kindle 3 Reviews point out as Kindle 3 weaknesses -

  1. Missing Numbers Row on the Kindle 3. 
  2. Pressing Back or Menu by mistake when using the 5-way. This comes up a lot – if almost all the Kindle 3 reviews mention something it’s a legitimate problem.
  3. Power switch placement feels awkward.  
  4. Speed of 3G is slow. A valid criticism – especially now that we have WiFi which is much faster.  
  5. Not enough font options. 
  6. Lighted Cover’s LED spreads light unevenly.
  7. PC Mag makes a big hue and cry about the lack of ePub support. Some Kindle 3 reviews don’t mention this at all and you get the feeling ePub is becoming less and less relevant (except when it comes to supporting Library books).
  8. A couple of Kindle 3 reviews (CNet, PC Mag) think the Kindle 3 is not revolutionary. Found this a bit strange – Isn’t improving in 15 different ways just as impressive as adding one revolutionary new feature?
  9. No memory expansion slot.
  10. No Nook-like lending feature – To be fair, the Nook’s lending is a one-time, 14 day book loan to one single person. After that the book can never again be lent out.
  11. No case included – Well, not that many devices come with a case so not sure why this is a criticism. This comes up multiple times so perhaps there’s merit to it.
  12. Lighted Cover is too expensive at $60.
  13. No replaceable battery.
  14. Screen rotation isn’t automatic.
  15. You’re locked into the Kindle 3 ecosystem. Telegraph UK points this out and also mentions that the Kindle ecosystem isn’t a bad place to be locked into.
  16. No touch screen – It’s impressive that just one Kindle 3 review mentions this.
  17. Interface for newspapers and magazines is still not good.

Kindle 3 Reviews – The Reviewers

Here are the Kindle 3 reviews referenced -

  1. Len Edgerly at the Kindle Chronicles has a great 12 minute Kindle 3 video.  
  2. Melissa Peterson at PC World calls Kindle 3 the best Kindle yet. She has strong praise for Kindle 3 -

    … not only slays its current competition, but also feels ready to meet the mainstream masses.

    … this Kindle is the first I feel comfortable recommending to friends.

  3. Matt Warman at Telegraph UK loves the Kindle 3 and says he’ll buy one. He agrees with Melissa Peterson that Kindle 3 might be the eReader for the mass market -

    Amazon’s new Kindle is the first ebook reader that has a credible chance of cracking the mass market.

  4. Dan Costa at PC Mag reviews Kindle 3 and gives it 4 stars out of 5.
  5. David Carnoy at CNet reviews Kindle 3 and he also gives it 4 stars out of 5.
  6. Steven Levy at Wired really likes the Kindle 3 and gives it 9 stars out of 10.  
  7. Left out the BBC’s Kindle 3 Review since it’s more of a philosophical discussion.

The Kindle 3 reviews are overwhelmingly positive – Kindle 3 mostly gets 8 or 9 stars out of 10. If they’re right Kindle 3 might be the first eReader to become a mass market success.

You can get the Kindle 3 at Amazon for $189. Hopefully this compilation of Kindle 3 reviews was useful.

13 Responses

  1. I’m the newbie, ordered WiFi version early with an expected Aug. 27th delivery/ship date – So, what the heck is it with not being able to purchase a replacement battery? So far, this is the only “turn-off” to me from all that I have read. I’ve never heard of sending in a device for a new battery. A local Barnes & Noble actually used this as a pitch for the Nook and went as far to tell me that “when the Kindle battery dies, you have to throw away the whole machine!…” I knew that was a lie, but they went for it anyway, convinced me to stick with Amazon for their excellent customer service.

    • Don’t hear of too many people whose Kindle batteries wear out. Doesn’t every Apple iPod and iPhone have a non-replaceable battery?

    • Feh. By the time that Kindle battery dies they’ll have released the 5th generation Kindle and it’ll be so awesome that you won’t mind upgrading, whether the battery is totally dead or not. But I’m guessing it won’t be.

      Like encapuchado says below, many batteries more than outlive the actual usefulness of the device.

      • Thanks, I’m sure that is true….and by then I’ll probably have a collection of devices once the “tech bug” bites me from loving this Kindle!…..maybe even a “real” phone, ha!

  2. I think that, unless the original battery is faulty, non user-replaceable batteries are not a big issue. My personal experience with gadgets is that batteries outlive their devices.

  3. Like I said “Newbie”, and I mean newbie, the Kindle 3 will be my most sophisticated device, my “awesome” phone is a 5-year-old Tracfone flip phone, haha! I don’t own any Apple products, even though it’s all very interesting and I would love to be more “techy” :) – just don’t feel the need to have all of the gadgets even though it would be fun, but this Kindle just kept on calling me into the eReader world, I know I will enjoy it. And, I enjoy this review board very much as well, thanks!

  4. Do you have access to an O’Reilly Safari books account? I would like to see if the WebKit browser allows you to read the online books.

    • Did you tried the browser with google’s gmail, calendar, docs? Thanks.

    • No, don’t have access to O’Reilly.

      Trying out gmail and greader and the advanced versions don’t seem to be working. The mobile version of greader and gmail used to work on Kindle 2 – so ought to work on these. gmail crashed the kindle’s browser – will update once I get the browser working again. I could go through and sign up for a gmail account and do all the verification stuff. Then the loading page showed up but it failed to load.

  5. Can folks deployed to Afghanistan use the Kindle 3? It isn’t one of the listed countries but I was wondering if books can be downloaded prior to going to Afghanistan and using while there?

    • Sharon, it can.

      You can either load books before and then use Kindle in Afghanistan OR you can use a PC to download books and then transfer via USB cable to Kindle.

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