Kindle, 6″ E Ink Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (Black)



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  1. L. Kirk "Crabseye" says:
    7,515 of 7,754 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    New Kindle Buyer? Thinking about Nook? Read on …, September 12, 2012
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    L. Kirk “Crabseye” (Pennsylvania, USA) –
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    I got my first Kindle. This is a nice ebook reader. I’m going to jump right in and tell you what I found to be its Pros and Cons. Then I’m going to tell how it compares to its biggest competitor, the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch.

    Kindle’s Pros:

    Great Screen: Many people do not find LCDs hard to read on (e.g. smartphones, tablets, Kindle Fire, Nook Color, etc.), but virtually everyone will find E-Ink easier to read, any time of day. Especially the newest E-Ink Pearl displays. They simply look like paper and ink. I have never experienced any eye strain reading E-Ink book readers, but I have with LCD based phone/tablet screens.

    Thin and Lightweight: This Kindle is thinner than any paperback and lighter too. This makes it very easy to hold in a sitting position, and for long periods too. It also makes it easy to transport in a purse, backpack, or messenger bag (or in luggage for traveling). Many people like to take a few books when travelling, and this Kindle lets you take as many as you want and adds virtually nothing to your travel burden.

    Good Value: Even without a touchscreen, the Kindle is a good value. It is a well-made product, it offers cloud storage of your books (and well it should, since it offers no ability to expand storage capacity with an add-in microSD card), the screen is excellent, Amazon is a dogged competitor in book pricing. The Kindle 4 is the best value of Amazon’s E-Ink readers. Some may be tempted to get the version with the built-in light. If you can afford it, sure, go ahead. But let me point out you don’t have to spend $20 for a fancy-schmancy book light. Your local dollar store has them for … wait for it … a buck. They work perfectly well to light the screen, don’t suck down your Kindle’s battery, and best of all, don’t add $50 to the price of the Kindle.

    Amazon Customer Support: I’ve dealt with Amazon for years, and they have always done the right thing in terms of customer service when I have had issues with products or deliveries.

    Kindle Lending Library for Prime Members: Prime members get their own library. That’s a great benefit to them. I’m an “adjunct” Prime member, though, so I don’t get to benefit from it, but it’s great for primary Prime members.

    Library Support: I was happy to see Amazon join the program for Overdrive and public library ebook lending. This is such a huge benefit to everyone who has ebook readers. Especially people on fixed incomes, who like ebook readers for the ability to change font sizes, and love them for the ability to borrow library books.

    MicroUSB Port for USB Charging: Good call for Amazon to support the universal USB standard for charging. You can charge from a computer USB port, an AC adapter, car charger, etc. Don’t worry about buying one: if you have a smartphone (other than apple) or Bluetooth device that came with a microUSB cable charger, it will do the job.

    Parental Controls: Another good choice for Amazon to implement parental controls, where they can restrict access to the Kindle’s web browser, store, and archived items.

    Long Battery Life: I couldn’t even put a dent in the battery gauge using the Kindle for several days, for several hours a day.

    Excellent Highlighting and Notes Features: I really liked the highlighting and notation capabilities, and that I can access the highlights both in book and from the home screen. You can also choose to show highlights and notes by other users (general population), or by a selection of Amazon users you follow.

    Cons:

    No Touchscreen: Yes, I know they offer a touchscreen model. But they charge a bunch more for it. Their main competitor offers touchscreen in their most basic model, for only a few dollars more (don’t let the $99 list price fool you … the Simple Touch is usually available for 10 bux more than the Kindle).

    No Expandable Storage: Personally, I like to add free books from Project Gutenberg to my ebook reader. I can add thousands, with graphics, if I can add a microSD card for storage. However, Amazon chooses not to include that feature.

    Not Easy to Hold Laying Down: For those of you who like to read in bed (that’s where I do all my book reading), the Kindle 4 is not very easy to hold and be able to turn pages. The front bezel is slippery plastic and thin, so it’s hard to grip one-handed. But if you manage to, it’s nigh impossible to hit the page turn buttons. Most of the time, I found I had to let the bottom edge rest on my belly, hold it upright with one hand, and reach down with the other hand to turn pages. Sometimes I think products are designed and tested by people who just sit in their cubicles and never try the products in real-life situations. The ads show people sitting on the beach reading. Sure, pretty easy to hold the thing in that position. But try laying down! That’s how real people read…

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  2. 1,612 of 1,669 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Do you just want to read a book?? Than this is the kindle for you!, September 25, 2012
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    I have owned a Kindle for several years now. I have had the 2nd generation Kindle and I have had the Kindle Keyboard. When my mom expressed interest in getting a Kindle I decided to give her my Kindle Keyboard because she doesnt have Wifi in her house and my older Kindle Keyboard had 3G, which is what she needed. And I decided to buy the Basic Kindle for myself because (1) I didnt want to wait for the Paperwhite to come out and (2) I just needed Wifi and (3)and most importantly I JUST WANT TO READ A BOOK, not listen to text-to-speach, or go shopping on Amazon, or listen to music, etc. All I want to do is read a book…thats it! This Kindle is perfect for that. Its smaller and lighter, the pages turn faster than the Keyboard version, it basically has everything I need to download a book and read a book with a much better price than the Paperwhite or Keyboard. Yes, you have to navigate through the keyboard on this kindle with a 5-way controller, but I rarely use the keyboard anyway. To download a book, I just search and buy books on my computer and send them to my Kindle…which is much quicker no matter what version of Kindle you have. So if you dont need, want, or use all the extras then I would definitely recommend the Basic Kindle for $69 with special offers, because who really pays attention to the screen savers anyway.

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  3. Aaron Ueland says:
    2,397 of 2,528 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great entry level reader, September 6, 2012
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    Aaron Ueland (Marysville, WA USA) –
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    This review is from: Kindle, 6″ E Ink Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (Black) (Electronics)

    I travel for work. More and more, I find myself leaving the Kindle Fire at home and traveling with just an e-ink Kindle. So when I broke my Kindle 3, I decided to replace it with this entry level Kindle (without special offers).

    What’s good:
    * Smallest, lightest e-ink Kindle available.
    * Still has the page turn buttons!
    * Like all the e-ink Kindles, this thing has amazing battery life.

    What’s just OK:
    * Only 2GB memory. More is better. Then again, after two years of buying books I’m nowhere near filling this thing up.
    * Text entry using the 5-way switch works, but that’s about all. I’m surprised it works well enough that I can’t consider it a negative.

    What’s not so good:
    * The lighted cover costs nearly as much as the Kindle! Anyone thinking of picking up this Kindle and the lighted cover should look at the new paper white models with integrated frontlight.

    The new Kindles look awesome. But they don’t take anything away from this Kindle. It may not have some of the bells and whistles of the other models but it also costs quite a bit less. The Kindle is exactly what I need for traveling. It works wonderfully as a basic, no-frills e-reader. Reviewing it as such, I have to give it five stars.

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