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 -
- Sharpness of the display – Nearly everyone mentions this. The fonts are smoother and sharper, the black are darker, and the screen is whiter.
- 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.
- Speed - Page Turns are definitely faster. Lots of the Kindle 3 reviews are effusive about the speed improvements.
- 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.
- WiFi – Faster than 3G. WiFi lets you connect in places where 3G isn’t available. Lots of praise for the WiFi.
- 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.
- Price – The $189 Kindle 3 is good value for money. At $139 Kindle WiFi is even better.
- Lighted Kindle Cover – CNet calls it Amazon’s secret weapon and have to agree. Wish the price were lower than $60.
- Graphite casing enhances readability – Melissa Peterson at PC World mentions this and couldn’t agree more.
- Rubberized, curved back – Makes Kindle 3 easier to hold.
- 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.
- Quieter Page Turn buttons.
- 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.
- Solid build quality.
- Double the memory.
- Built in microphone. Lots of talk at CNet of the possibilities – Skype, voice recognition, voice notes.
- Potential new Kindle Games and Apps. The possibility of new Kindle Apps seems to get Kindle 3 reviewers very excited.
- Lets you read without getting in the way.
- 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.
- 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 -
- Missing Numbers Row on the Kindle 3.
- 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.
- Power switch placement feels awkward.
- Speed of 3G is slow. A valid criticism – especially now that we have WiFi which is much faster.
- Not enough font options.
- Lighted Cover’s LED spreads light unevenly.
- 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).
- 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?
- No memory expansion slot.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lighted Cover is too expensive at $60.
- No replaceable battery.
- Screen rotation isn’t automatic.
- 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.
- No touch screen – It’s impressive that just one Kindle 3 review mentions this.
- Interface for newspapers and magazines is still not good.
Kindle 3 Reviews – The Reviewers
Here are the Kindle 3 reviews referenced -
- Len Edgerly at the Kindle Chronicles has a great 12 minute Kindle 3 video.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dan Costa at PC Mag reviews Kindle 3 and gives it 4 stars out of 5.
- David Carnoy at CNet reviews Kindle 3 and he also gives it 4 stars out of 5.
- Steven Levy at Wired really likes the Kindle 3 and gives it 9 stars out of 10.
- 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.