Amazon Kindle 3 – Love at First Sight!

Posted on August 30, 2010

I just received my Kindle 3 Wi-Fi this weekend and all I can say is Wow!

I have been an owner of a Kindle 2 and a Barnes and Noble Nook since their release and I can honestly say that there is no comparison with the screen quality of the Kindle 3. The screen contrast is excellent and blacks are really black. I even viewed some websites and pictures look remarkable well in their shades of gray.

I really like the color of the kindle too. Now it will be hard for me to decide if I will put a skin on it. The back of the kindle has a non-slip surface which is much better than the Kindle 2 and is similar to the Nook back.

The Kindle 3 is very light to hold. Even with a cover on it, extended use will not be hard to handle (no pun intended :)

Another nice feature that was heavily requested is a way to organize books in the device. Amazon chose to group books together in "Collections" as a way to organize them.

You may have been wondering why I chose the Wi-Fi edition instead of the 3G version. Well, it wasn't because of cost. I live in central NJ where you can find free Wi-Fi hotspots everywhere which is why I chose this model. Even if you travel, most airports have wi-fi hotspots so I didn't see the need for 3G. Connecting the Kindle to my secured home wi-fi network was painless.

Another smart feature if the Kindle 3 is all of the controls and ports are now at the bottom of the device.

I do have a few complaints though...

I am still getting used to the 5 button controller. I think I liked the joystick from the Kindle 2 more. The arrow buttons are very slim and I find myself using my thumbnail to actually press them since I can't get a good feeling of them.

What happened to the number keys?? Physical buttons for the number keys no longer exist and to enter numbers using the keyboard you must press the SYM button to access the pop-menu. That seems a little shortsighted on Amazon's part since there is enough room to put real buttons for numbers.

Overall, I still think this is a great improvement over the Kindle 2. I still want to try out other features and will post more thoughts and issues as I come across them.

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3 Responses to “Amazon Kindle 3 – Love at First Sight!”

  1. I knew I wanted a netbook and purchased one before my Kindle. I tried reading from it, but it really did hurt the eyes after awhile. I tried changing the contrast (light text on dark background), but it didn’t really help for long hours of reading.
    When I got my Kindle I realized how much BETTER e-ink is for reading. Still really like my netbook, for the tasks I use it for, but reading is not one of those tasks. If someone ever came out with a netbook with a dual capability screen (e-ink/LCD), THEN I might consolidate to one device. But I really do like my Kindle.

  2. Kelly K
    Sep 28, 2010

    I lvoe my kindle, but ofcourse my little bro does more, he reads it everyday hehe

  3. Reed
    Oct 06, 2010

    You can access the numbers quicker by holding the ALT key and pressing the corresponding letter q=1 w=2 e=3, etc.

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