Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G
Manufacturer: Amazon Part number: KINDLE3GWIFIGRPHT
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- The third-generation Kindle's winning combination of noteworthy upgrades--an improved screen, better battery life, lighter weight, and lower price--vaults it to the top of the e-book reader category.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $189.99
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 08/22/2010
- Released on: 08/27/2010
The good: Slimmer, more compact design than previous Kindle; improved screen with higher contrast and faster page turns; native PDF support; large library of hundreds of thousands of e-books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs via Amazon's familiar online store; built-in free 3G wireless "Whispernet" data network, plus Wi-Fi; built-in keyboard for notes; with 4GB (3.3 usable) of internal memory, it's capable of storing 3,500 electronic books; eight fonts available, including two new extra-large sizes; excellent battery life; displays image files, and plays MP3 and AAC audio.
The bad: No expansion slot for adding more memory; no support for EPUB book files; no protective carrying case included; battery is sealed into the device and isn't removable.
The bottom line: The third-generation Kindle's winning combination of noteworthy upgrades--an improved screen, better battery life, lighter weight, and lower price--vaults it to the top of the e-book reader category.
I Love my kindle
by josieap on July 10, 2011
Pros: E-ink technology
Cons: Minors but: 5 button controller!, Book shelf, uneven weight distribution. (Nothing i cant live with)
Summary: Other than the e-readers apps i have on my phone, this is my first e-reader; i love it! When i first opened the box i thought there was a stick ...
Summary: Other than the e-readers apps i have on my phone, this is my first e-reader; i love it! When i first opened the box i thought there was a stick on the screen. The E-ink tech is amazing! The 5 button controller is a bit annoying especially when you're used touch screen phone, iPads, Laptops etc. And the uneven weight it also annoying when you type. Though they are not major deal breakers, they are noticeable. I'm thinking of getting a nook touch just because of its touch screen.
An Overlooked.Crucial.For Some.Difference From The Nook
by Jimro on July 1, 2011
Pros: 3G capability means that both web browsing and book downloading is available where WiFi access is either not free, expensive or not available at all...
Cons: Some prefer a touchscreen to a keyboard..
Summary: For travelers 3G can be a very very significant benefit...
Summary: For travelers 3G can be a very very significant benefit...
Best eReader available, Hands Down!
by NodakColey on May 16, 2011
Pros: eink screen, amazon library and customer service, battery life, cost
Cons: not many lendable books
Summary: I am one reader who never thought I would prefer anything but a "real" book but I stand corrected. I love my Kindle and honestly read faster and more often ...
Summary: I am one reader who never thought I would prefer anything but a "real" book but I stand corrected. I love my Kindle and honestly read faster and more often because of it. I have a few friends that have the Nook Color and I like the features of the nook color but it is not a true ereader device. I couldn't consider getting it as an ereader at all because of its LCD screen. It is backlit and I have sensitive eyes, I guess if I wanted a tablet I'd get the iPad. I have read my Kindle everywhere and the clarity and ease of reading on it can't be matched. I also have the leather lighted cover. This alows me to read in low light and I don't need to replace batteries for the light because it is powered by the kindle itself, very convienient! In summary, if you are looking for a ereader you won't be disapointed by purchasing the Kindle!
A good eReader at a reasonable cost
by NJAnalyst on May 4, 2011
Pros: High contrast eInk, adjustable font sizes, keyboard, easy network setup, good 3g connections in most places
Cons: No color, graphics don't display well, web browser doesn't work well
Summary: This eBook reader is an economical and convenient way to enjoy books and other publications. It is light weight and allows you to carry numerous books without the weight and ...
Summary: This eBook reader is an economical and convenient way to enjoy books and other publications. It is light weight and allows you to carry numerous books without the weight and bulk of print publications. Ordering books from Amazon is easy and fast. On the other hand, the browser is still a work in progress. I would also like to be able to download eBooks from the public library which is not currently supported.
The best out there, from a consumer standpoint
by Longhorn422 on April 8, 2011
-Easy to use
-Wide selection of books, magazines, newspapers, and blogs
-Previously mentioned items are cheap as well
-Useful anytime, aywhere
-FREE 3G and Wi-Fi
-Incredibly long battery life
Cons: -Uses location, not page numbers
Summary: This may be 2011's best e-reader buy. Has all the pros that anyone wants at the cost anyone can afford. Makes reading a normal book a chore. If your ...
Summary: This may be 2011's best e-reader buy. Has all the pros that anyone wants at the cost anyone can afford. Makes reading a normal book a chore. If your on the fence about buying it, don't just look at the cons. Take some time to read some of the pros (with the Kindle, there might be just too many pro reviews). This is a fantastic product that i think most people should have.
I love my Kindle 3. Its the best thing to read on.
by cnetkindle3 on January 3, 2011
Pros: The e-ink display is really nice and doesn't strain my eyes. Its even better than reading a normal book. Buying books on it is really simple and easy and doesn't require a computer. Also, it is really small and light which is really good for travel.
Cons: The web browser isn't good but really, I don't care. I like going on the internet using my PC, and I spend most of my time reading, so its no big deal to me.
Summary: I truly love my new Kindle. The battery life is AMAZING and the Kindle is easy to use. Many of the books are free and most books are really cheap. ...
Summary: I truly love my new Kindle. The battery life is AMAZING and the Kindle is easy to use. Many of the books are free and most books are really cheap. You can listen to music while you're reading (I myself like total silence when I read. I love music, but not when I'm reading), you can turn on the text-to-speech function but I don't like it.
Best e-reader on the market, but...
by prerad on December 21, 2010
Pros: Functionally, it really is the best e-reader on the market. The Kindle 3 uses the latest e-ink technology and is much easier to read, has noticeably better speed, and has a significantly longer charge life than the other more popular brands...
Cons: ...but the lack of a user replaceable battery pretty much means that this product comes stamped with an expiration date.
Summary: Add to that the facts that the letters on the qwerty keyboard are prone to rubbing off, and that you pretty much have to destroy the original box/packaging to ...
Summary: Add to that the facts that the letters on the qwerty keyboard are prone to rubbing off, and that you pretty much have to destroy the original box/packaging to open the Kindle 3... the overall impression is that this is meant to be a no-frills 'disposable' item, kind of like a calculator. The 'wow' factor is gone with this latest incarnation of the Kindle.
love the kindle
by daniel hobbs on December 14, 2010
Pros: great form factor. great battery life. great to read. easy to connect. i can even use it to check email in a pinch.
Cons: i wish there was a better store to get book recommendations (ala netflix).
Summary: awesome awesome awesome.
Summary: awesome awesome awesome.
I love my Kindle, first one too !
by uliuli80 on November 14, 2010
-can play music
Cons: -no number key row!
Summary: I love my Kindle. I decided to get one after I looked at my friend's 2G. I love carrying my Kindle around and reading. I use the music feature, ...
Summary: I love my Kindle. I decided to get one after I looked at my friend's 2G. I love carrying my Kindle around and reading. I use the music feature, useful, to listen to classical music when reading. The only thing that I do not like is the removal of the number key row, WHY ?!
Delivers a great reading experience at a good price.
by bhartman33 on November 13, 2010
Pros: 1) Small and light, but with a good sized screen
2) Great price point.
3) The menus now have text-to-speech navigation, for those who need it.
4) Better contrast on the screen than previous models.
Cons: 1) Page turning buttons take some time to get used to.
2) The lending feature is coming, but the firmware doesn't currently have it.
3) No epub for those who want that.
4) Not a great keyboard.
Summary: I got some Amazon gift cards for my birthday this November and immediately placed my order. I decided to buy the Wi-fi only model, because I have Wi-fi at home, ...
Summary: I got some Amazon gift cards for my birthday this November and immediately placed my order. I decided to buy the Wi-fi only model, because I have Wi-fi at home, and that's where I normally download my books. Plus, if I want to download on-the-go, I can always use my phone's hotspot to tether the Kindle.
The first thing you'll notice, if you upgrade from an earlier Kindle, is how much smaller this device is. They really cut out the fat, so to speak. It's much easier to carry around now. Surprisingly, it even fits in the cover I had for my Kindle 1. (It isn't a tight fit, because the Kindle 1 is thicker at one side than the other, but if you close the elastic band around the Kindle 1 case, the Kindle 3 won't move, and won't fall out.)
Another thing you'll notice if you're upgrading is that you now have a choice of colors -- albeit a narrow choice. The Kindle 3 comes in "graphite" (which, sorry, to me just looks "black") and white. I chose the black...I mean, the graphite...one, because to me, that's more what a piece of electronics is supposed to look like.
The biggest show-stopping feature, in my eyes, is the new screen. This thing is SHARP! Having upgraded from a Kindle 1, I was amazed at how much blacker and sharper the text is. I loved reading on my Kindle 1, but this brings it to a whole new level. It's just amazing.
Of course, it's not all sunshine and lollipops. The page turning buttons are much smaller on the Kindle 3. They're smaller than on the Kindle 2, but they're microscopic compared to the Kindle 1, and that took a little getting used to. On the bright side, you won't find yourself accidentally hitting the buttons and turning the pages like I used to on the Kindle 1, but it does mean (at least for me) that one-handed operation
One new feature that I flirted with is the ability to password protect the Kindle. This locks the screen when you turn it on, or when the "screen saver" comes on. I might use this feature eventually, but typing on the Kindle's keyboard isn't exactly a joy, so the less I have to type on it, the better.
One "pro" that I can't add to this review is ebook lending. It's coming to the Kindle "later this year", but hasn't landed, as of yet. When it arrives, I'll post an update.
It might seem like my pros and cons are evenly matched in this review, but the importance of the pros so outweigh the cons that I really have no trouble recommending the Kindle 3 to anyone looking for a great e-reader.
- Manufacturer: Amazon
- Part number: KINDLE3GWIFIGRPHT
- Description: When reading for long periods of time, customers know that weight matters. That's why Amazon worked hard to make Kindle lighter than ever, so you can read comfortably for hours with just one hand. Kindle is lighter than a typical paperback, and thinner than a magazine. Kindle fits perfectly in your hands. Kindle is easy to hold and read. Amazon designed it with long-form reading in mind. When reading for long periods of time, people naturally shift positions and often like to read with one hand. Kindle's page-turning buttons are located on both sides, allowing you to read and turn pages from any position. The soft-touch, textured back is comfortable to hold. Whispernet utilizes Amazon's optimized technology plus Wi-Fi networks to enable you to wirelessly search, discover, and download content on the go. Your books and periodicals are delivered over Wi-Fi via Whispernet in less than 60 seconds. Wireless download speeds can vary based on file size. Kindle automatically detects nearby Wi-Fi networks at school, home, or your favorite cafe. At a hotel or cafe that requires a password? Simply enter the password and connect to the network. Once you have added a Wi-Fi network, Kindle will automatically connect to that network the next time you're near the hotspot. Kindle does not currently connect to enterprise or peer-to-peer networks. Kindle's high-contrast display is further optimized with Amazon's proprietary waveform and font technology to make pages turn faster and fonts sharper. Amazon has tuned Kindle's waveform and controller mechanism to make page turning 20% faster. This waveform tuning, combined with hand-built, custom fonts and font-hinting, make words and letters more crisp, clear, and natural-looking. Font hints are instructions, written as code, that control points on a font character's line and improve legibility at small font sizes where few pixels are available. Hinting is a mix of aesthetic judgments and complicated technical strategies. Kindle's keyboard makes it easy to search within a book, across your library, in the Kindle store, or even the web. To use the search feature, simply type in a word or phrase you're looking for, and Kindle finds every instance in your book or across your Kindle library. Looking for the first reference of a character in your book? Simply type in the name and search. You can extend your search to the Kindle store to find related titles you may be interested in. Explore even further by searching Wikipedia and the web.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type eBook reader
- Carrier AT&T
- Built-in devices Display,
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.8 in x 0.335 in x 7.5 in
- Weight 8.7 oz
- Color Graphite
- Features Text-to-speech,
- Packaged contents Power adapter,
USB 2.0 cable
- Type 6 in,
Monochrome E Ink
- Display Resolution 600 x 800
- Display type 6 in,
- Color Depth 4-bit (16 gray levels)
- Max resolution 600 x 800
- Flash Memory 4 GB
- Installed RAM 4 GB
- RAM 4 GB
- Total User Available Memory 3 GB
- Flash memory installed 4 GB
- Cellular Technology 3G
- Cellular Protocols EDGE,
- Wireless Connectivity 802.11b/g
- Supported Text Formats AZW,
PRC (Mobipocket) ,
- Supported Still Image Formats PNG,
- Features Wi-Fi ,
- GPS Navigation None
- Audio Speaker
- Supported Digital Audio Formats MP3
- Type Keyboard,
5-way navigation button
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V
- Recharge Time 4.5 hour(s)
- Power supply device Power adapter
Expansion and Connectivity
- Interfaces 1 x USB 2.0,
1 x Headphones
- Included Accessories Power adapter,
Power adapter , USB 2.0 cable
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.8 in
- Depth 0.335 in
- Height 7.5 in
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year