Amazon Kindle review

The Kindle 4 is the cheapest Kindle yet - but is it right for you?

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With the new Kindle, Amazon has significantly raised the value for money bar for ereaders. Amazon offers the best selection of ebooks, and with its fourth generation devices it offers as good an ereader as you'll find anywhere.

Now it's added an entry-level price that will have stand-alone ereader manufacturers crying into their beers. And it's done so without significantly detracting from the experience. Indeed, in sheer size terms, the new Amazon Kindle is the best yet.

We liked

The Amazon Kindle is small and light, has access to the largest selection of ebooks, and has thoroughly road-tested software in its fourth iteration. It's screen is state of the art and a pleasure to read on, and of course it now costs just £89.

We disliked

The lack of a physical keyboard means some of the software features are pretty much unusable, and there's no 3G internet option.

The Americans get it £40 cheaper than British consumers.

Verdict

If you want a straightforward dedicated ereader, it's hard to see past the neat form factor, superb book choice, amazing screen and eye-catching price of the Amazon Kindle.

If you want more features, you might want to wait for the Kindle Touch or Kindle Fire, but for most people the decision is very simple - buy the Kindle.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Text Reader
Flash Memory Capacity4 GB
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card
Colour SupportGrayscale (16-bit)
Brand NameAmazon
Product LineKindle
Screen Size15.2 cm (6")
Display Resolution800 x 600
Graphic ModeSVGA
Wireless LANYes
Text FormatsDOC, HTML, TXT, PDF, AZW, MOB, PRC
Number of Books3500
HeadphoneYes
Cellular Data Connectivity Technology3G
Height190 mm
Width123 mm
Depth8.5 mm
ColourGraphite
Image FormatsGIF, PNG, BMP, JPEG
Audio FormatsMP3, AAX
FeaturesDictionary, Zoom, Content Search
ManufacturerAmazon.com, Inc
Product ModelD01101
Product NameKindle D01101 Digital Text Reader
Manufacturer Part NumberD01101
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.amazon.com
Marketing Information

Kindle 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi) is the easiest option because there is no wireless setup you are ready to shop, purchase, and read right out of the box. Built-in Free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that cell phones use, but there are no monthly fees or commitments .Amazon pays for Kindle's 3G wireless connectivity. The added convenience of 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, while on the go without having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot connection. With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, Kindle 3G is a great option for travelers.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMP3 Player, Speaker
Host InterfaceUSB 2.0
Weight (Approximate)246.6 g