July 29th update: The new Kindle 3 is now available.
- A Kindle 3 Review based on an hour of playing around with the Kindle 3.
- A Kindle WiFi Review based on experience with the Kindle 3 since Kindle WiFi is identical except for the wireless card.
- Kindle vs Kindle WiFi review.
- If you’re considering a Kindle DX, you can look at my detailed Kindle DX Review.
Will update with more Kindle review posts soon.
If you’re considering buying a Kindle 2 this Kindle 2 review will help you (if you prefer here’s a kindle 2 review after 6 months of use).
If you’re unsure you can look at the Kindle DX Vs Kindle 2 comparison post.
Kindle Review – The Crux
The Kindle 2 is great if you -
- Read a lot of books; OR
- Travel a lot and want to carry a Kindle 2 reader along instead of lots of books; OR
- Commute daily for work and want to either read (on a train, bus, etc.) or listen to books (in your car, truck etc.).; OR
- The combination of features appeals to you.
What the Kindle 2 looks like –
If you like it, you can find out more by reading Kindle 2 reviews at Amazon. If you prefer, you can see more Kindle 2 videos and get an idea of how it looks and its features. This review will continue with pros and cons of the Kindle 2.
Do keep in mind that the Kindle 2 is not such a great choice if -
- You don’t read books.
- You want a multi-purpose device. Kindle 2 is primarily an eBook Reader.
- You want a very flashy device. You might like the newer look of the Kindle 2 – however, it is not the prettiest device around.
- You want to read a lot of PDFs and want very high quality conversions.
Kindle Review Pros – Reasons a Kindle 2 might be right for You.
- Free Internet Access via WhisperNet and there is now extended coverage so your Kindle 2 will have wireless access in more places.
- You can download a book over WhisperNet in 60 seconds.
- WhisperSync – read books and synchronize documents across Kindle 1, Kindle 2, and soon across other mobile devices.
- Read to Me feature. Text to Speech is very cool and should be fun
- The Kindle 2 is very slim and sleek looking at just 0.3 inches.
- One of the biggest problems with Kindle 1 was accidentally hitting the page turning buttons, and in Kindle 2 that has been fixed. The buttons are smaller and have to be pushed on the inside edge so holding the Kindle 2 cannot accidentally trigger page turns.
- You can read blogs, newspapers, and magazines on the Kindle 2.
- The eInk is easy on the eyes, and when combined with variable font sizes really makes a big difference.
- You can store up to 1500 books.
- Up to 6 Kindle 2s and Kindle 1s on one account so you can share with your family and/or close friends.
- There are loads of free kindle book sites where you can get tens of thousands of free kindle books. Amazon itself has 7,000+ free kindle edition books.
- You can save trees by reading on Kindle2.
- Great for aeroplanes and travel – Battery lasts really long; it’s tiny at 10.2 ounces and 0.3 inches; easy to read even with overhead light.
- Kindle 2 has an in-built dictionary.
- The quality of the screen has been improved.
- Buy books anytime and get them delivered instantly.
- Can read without having to hold down a book and cause damage to it. Can read with one hand, or use Read To Me feature to read without using hands.
- From Kindle 1 review, and applies -
Wow – My wife is a stroke survivor, and has lost use of the left side of her body. Reading books has been impossible since she could not hold the book open and turn the pages with only one hand. Kindle has changed all of that for her, and made reading a joy again.
- Fits easily in your purse; packs easily for a trip.
- Travel with as many books as you like – just the Kindle 2’s 10.2 ounces.
- From a Kindle 1 review – High praise indeed -
the best thing since amazon.com & zappos.com.
- You can send your own files to the Kindle 2.
- The UISB can be used to recharge Kindle 2.
- The Kindle 1 falling out of the case problem has been fixed.
Kindle Review Cons – Reasons a 2nd generation Kindle may not be what you are looking for.
- Kindle 2 is NOT the iPhone – there are no Apps, there is no multi-purpose do everything device, and its not as flashy or pretty as the iPhone.
- No colour – 16 shades of gray make for a good screen for reading books, and eInk is much, much easier on the eyes – however, there is no colour.
- At $359 the Kindle2 is expensive. Mr. Bezos did say that there are no subscription fees and there is free internet access so worth keeping in mind.
- Blog subcriptions cost $1.
- Read To Me feature is experimental. And now at the mercy of publishers and authors – some of them will request Amazon to disable it.
- Kindle2’s battery is not replaceable – so you cannot carry a spare battery for emergencies and in case of problems you have to send it back to amazon to be replaced.
- Kindle 2 does not have a SD card – so you cannot increase storage indefinitely.
- Range of newspapers and magazines is limited. And prices are somewhat high.
- Only colour available is white.
- The keyboard and the 5 way controller take a bit of getting used to.
- Range of books etc. has expanded to 230,000 – however, it still has a lot of growing to do.
- Prices of Kindle Editions for some books is now higher than the $9.99 ideal tht Amazon has been pushing as a benchmark.
- There is no Kindle 2 Cover shipped with Kindle2.
- There is no “backlighting” or “sidelighting” in the device.
- DRM is still there – so you don’t really own the books and can’t lend them to a friend.
- Lack of support for common file formats – still no support for PDF files.
- No touch screen – This may be coming in Kindle 3.
- No International versions. I’m in Canada and still hoping for an international release of Kindle 2 later. I do own Kindle 1.
- Amazon knows what books you read and what sites you visit.
Hopefully this Kindle review helped you decide whether a Kindle 2 is right for you.