Amazon Kindle Keyboard review

Could this be the first eBook reader to truly appeal to the mass market?

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The Amazon Kindle Keyboard is optimised for reading books above any other function, as a result it does a superb job. The E Ink display is gorgeous and incredibly easy to read. It's size and weight make it perfect as a portable eReader. And it's finally out at a breakthrough price £109 for Wi-Fi only and £149 for 3G.

There's a lot of attention being given to eBooks thanks to the explosion in multi-function tablets, but it's still the case that jack of all trades is master of none, and for reading, the Amazon Kindle is by far the best experience.

Given its price and the range of books now available, the time of the eReader is finally here, and the Kindle 3 is showing Apple the way.

We liked:

The screen is excellent, the size of the device is ideal and the range of books available is fantastic. The price is excellent compared with rival products.

We disliked:

Books could be cheaper, anything which needs colour doesn't work well, and the keyboard and menu systems are a bit clunky.


Amazon shows that specialising can pay as it beats the tablets at their own game.


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
Number of Books3500
Cellular Data Connectivity Technology3G
Height190 mm
Width123 mm
Depth8.5 mm
Image FormatsGIF, PNG, BMP, JPEG
Audio FormatsMP3, AAX
FeaturesDictionary, Zoom, Content Search, Inc
Product ModelD01101
Product NameKindle D01101 Digital Text Reader
Manufacturer Part NumberD01101
Manufacturer Website Address
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