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Ergonomically designed page turn buttons
Fast download and page turn speeds
More wireless options
No number row on keyboard
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Amazon doesn't offer a simple way to export notes
from a single book, but users can access all notes
and highlights via the My Clippings file on the Kindle,
online, and via the apps.
As with previous Kindles, users can read docu-
ments in a variety of formats. The device supports
PDFs natively, but some other files (such as word
processing documents) need conversion. When
sending files via @free.kindle.com, users can
download documents to their Kindle at no charge
when connected to Wi-Fi.
Amazon offers apps for Android, BlackBerry,
and iOS. There's also desktop software for both
Mac and PC.
The new WebKit browser is an improvement
Amazon Kindle 3G
The latest model in the Kindle line is sleeker and slimmer
with a better screen and more wireless o
over previous versions, but it still isn t an iPad-like
experience. Users must hit Next Page to scroll down
a page, which isn't intuitive. Still, multimedia-heavy
sites such as NationalGeographic.com looked
similar to what you get on the desktop.
Amazon claims that the Kindle 3G will run for
a month on a single charge with wireless off, and
up to 10 days with wireless on.
The Kindle 3G is an improvement over the
already great Kindle 2. The combination of speed,
good ergonomics, and an improved display works
in this eReader's favor. And the addition of Wi-Fi
sweetens the pot. We don't like all of the design
changes Amazon made, but overall we approve of
the thinner, lighter unit. We wish the platform was
more open like Barnes & Noble's Nook, ($199 for 3G
+ Wi-Fi, $149 for Wi-Fi only) or the Kobo from Borders
($139 for Wi-Fi only). Still, the Kindle 3G offers one
of the best hardware options on the market.
---K. T. Bradford
Amazon's latest refresh of its popular Kindle eBook
reader is leaner, meaner, and now less than $200. For
$189, the Kindle 3G offers improved battery life and
both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. In almost every way,
the Kindle 3G is an improvement over the previous
generation, with a few minor drawbacks.
The back of the Kindle 3G now has a soft-touch
coating. The page turn buttons are one of the more
obvious changes, being only 0.16 inches thick instead
of the 0.4-inch thickness on the Kindle 2.
The joystick of Kindles past has been replaced
with a directional pad that sits next to the keyboard.
The arrow keys are too narrow and occasionally
caused us to accidentally hit the Menu and Back
buttons. The keyboard remains usable, but we're
not sure why Amazon got rid of the number row.
To access numbers, users have to press the SYM
button, then use the D-pad to select.
Amazon claims that the e-Ink screen on the
Kindle 3G has 50 percent more contrast than the
previous generation. Comparing the two side by
side, text on the 3G is darker, which makes read-
ing easier. Images benefit from this improvement
as well: The cover for N. K. Jemisin's The Hundred
Thousand Kingdoms is crisper on the 3G.
Users now have more control over how text
looks on-screen. There are still eight fonts from
which to choose, but now you can also pick from
among three typefaces: regular, condensed, and
sans serif. Users can also fit more text on a page
by shortening the space between words, and
condensing the space between lines. There's no
accelerometer, but you can manually change the
Page turns on the 3G were a hair faster than on
the Kindle 2, coming in at just under a second.
The Kindle 3G still offers 3G connectivity---a.k.a.
Whispernet---through AT&T, but now includes
802.11b/g Wi-Fi and free access to AT&T hotspots.
By default, the device uses its 3G connection,
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The Kindle 3G has
a comfortable, well-
but narrow direction
keys on the D-Pad.
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