The Kindle 6″ Wi-Fi is shipped in an unattractive box and but as the old saying goes, never judge by box alone. The package is certified (by Amazon, I assume) to be frustration-free which is something that should be extended to people as well. On seeing the box, there is the usual excitement due to anticipation of the thought of a new box and what it will bring.
I can also certify the box is frustration-free and once it’s opened, the Kindle is on and ready to use. The battery life for the Kindle is amazing and the folks at Amazon, including Jeff Bezos, made sure the battery technology in the Kindle could live up to reader’s expectations. When last did a paper book need to be recharged using a USB port?
The paper manual included with the Kindle is a quick-start guide. For more details on how to do fancy stuff like uploading PDFs, making the Kindle talk, searching, play MP3s etc, the user would have to either download (in Kindle format) the real manual or simply visit the Kindle page at Amazon.
Simplicity is the motto in designing the Kindle so using the Kindle, including charging should be intuitive. If you get one cable and one AC adapter you will not have to think too much, just like using paper books.
The Kindle is easy to hold though thinner than most good books. It leaves the reader feeling confident that he or she holding on to something that is of high quality and being assembled in China is irrelevant. Everything good now comes from China like the iPhone, the Kindle, the corruption-free construction industry.
I showed the Kindle to several people – skeptics and believers – and everybody agreed that reading anything on the Kindle was effortless and just like reading on paper. The Kindle is a black and white only device which for most readers, is not an issue. So far, I think the Kindle is amazing and useful, but in the short- term, it will not replace paper as many books are not available in Kindle format for complicated reasons that might sound either stupid or greedy to most.
Setting up the Wi-Fi is easy and buying books is a little too easy. One-Click-Ordering was designed to make buying effortless, but in the hands of the weak and impulsive, it is good for the American economy.
Maybe the Government should give students Kindles instead of paper text books as it would help save trees and protect the backs of students from muscle strain and also reduce incidents of slip disk. This e-text book idea is already being explored in Africa.
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- Amazon: Tablets Aren’t Kindle-Killers After All (dailyfinance.com)
- Is Kindle the Best eReader? (brighthub.com)
- Amazon: Kindle 3 Our All-Time Bestseller (pcworld.com)
- Amazon Says New Kindle Is Top-Selling Product (wired.com)
- Kindle Vs Nook Vs iPad (pctechmojo.com)
- Report: Apple Slows iPad Production, Kindle Moves to Mass Market (cultofmac.com)
- Kindle WiFi sold out for Christmas, Kindle 3 available (ireaderreview.com)
- WiFi Kindles back in stock at Amazon (teleread.com)
- Oprah Kindle – Dec 6 may be Oprah Kindle day (ireaderreview.com)