We are discussing Amazon Kindle 2.0 – the best selling e reader around the world – if you need to understand it more. Let’s tackle it right away. Having a tag price of US$ 259, here is a quick glance at Amazon Kindle 2 specs:
* Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.36 in / Screen size: 6 in / Weight: 0.637 pounds
* Internal memory: 2Gb / No External memory
* Gray-scales: 16
* Wireless: 3G external and upload method: Wireless / USB
* Pdf support: yes / plus 13 other supported format(AZW, PDF, TXT, AAX, MP3, MOBI, PRC, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP)
* Battery lifetime: 2 weeks or more
* Warranty: 1 year
* International shiping: yes – check your country
Amazon Kindle 2 has great design, intuitive user interface, with tremendous selection of books, magazines and periodicals available. It has built-in free international wireless, decent battery life, audio book integration and ‘text-to-speech’ capability . On the Kindle 2 cons minor negative side , if you are a non-US user , you may need to pay other(a) fees when using Kindle wireless connectivity , its built-in browser isn’t actually useful and battery can’t be replaced on your own. Those who have bought find the Amazon Kindle 2.0 best for relaxing wireless reading for book lovers and book worms readers who just love to read – mainly novels, newspapers, and periodicals. Kindle 2 is perfect for travelers who want to enjoy a good read on the road .
The new “U.S. and International Kindle 2” is the newer version of the former Kindle 2 which was discontinued on October 22, 2009. This new model runs on AT&T’s wireless network and can access content on cellular networks inside and outside of the U.S in over 100 countries. The first thing that is most-notably similar to the former Kindle 2 model is its sleek, eye-catching design. Everything is just where it’s supposed to be. The keyboard naturally blends in with the entire device, the screen is just about right, and the “next” and “previous” page buttons are subtly inserted as well. The device is also extremely easy to carry. The whole Kindle weighs about ten ounces and is the size of a paperback. If you travel a lot throughout the day, you need to be very calculated with briefcase space. The Kindle fits in it perfectly, not taking up too much space, and enabling you to get rid of some books which you can read in digital format.
The Kindle’s usability and readability is without question its greatest plus for many . You may think that it wouldn’t be the same to read off this digital machine as it would to be reading off a normal book. If you carefully make this comparison, the Kindle 2 is an excellent reading device. Many users get ” immersed” inside this machine as if it was a printed book. It will not strain your eyes as the font is easy to read. The font on the new Kindle 2 is even clearer than the one on the former Kindle model. This is mainly due to the e ink applied science employed in the Kindle screen, as opposed to a normal LCD screen. It is easy to hold it with your hand and everything that you love in a real book comes with it. All of these Amazon Kindle cool features – the Wireless feature that lets you download books from most places in the U.S. and around the world, the built in dictionary which is great, all of this actually become irrelevant compared to the amazing reading experience this e reader gives you. Some people are a little concerned because the screen is only six inches long that may makes it hard to fit a lot of text inside a “page”. After trying the Kindle 2 for two weeks, they still find the screen a little too small, but for them, it doesn’t alter the overall reading experience at all.
Kindle 2 can read a variety of formats, but some basic formats need to be converted in order to read them. Example: DOC and TXT. This is a disadvantage of the Kindle 2 as compared to other eReaders, but the conversion is easy. Just email these files to your Kindle address and they will instantly be converted. Just note that if you want the files to be transferred wirelessly back to your Kindle, you will have to pay an extra fee. Easy way around this – download the files straight from your computer. The limited support for other file types by the Kindle are most definitely its greatest downside. On the bright side, the new Kindle 2 comes with a built in PDF reader, unlike the former version where you had to convert PDFs into a different format in order to read them on the Kindle. As of May 2010 Amazon, has also implemented the ability to zoom in on PDFs.
The wireless feature works excellently throughout the U.S., but is still clunky overseas. However, the ability to download books straight to your machine and the ability to browse through the Amazon bookstore no matter where you’re located is what distinguishes the Kindle 2 from most competitors. Amazon has recently announced officially a new software update that allows to integrate the Kindle with Facebook and Twitter . This will be released sometime end of May 2010.
Battery life is not an issue. The new Kindle 2 has an a longer-lasting battery than the old model. You can use this device for two weeks without recharging it. Of course, this is also dependent on how much you read. The other problem for many users though is that you can’t manually change the battery once it’s depleted. You actually have to send it back to Amazon for replacement, costing around $60.
For your own review or search , you can check over a dozen online reviews such as CNET, PCPRO, and Gizmodo and Amazon.com customer reviews from people who already bought the product. But if you don’t have time, rest assured that you will end up concluding that Kindle 2 still remains the leader of the pack when it comes to eBook readers. This is mainly due to the unique reading experience and the (international) 3G connectivity it provides. There is plainly no reason why every other eReader out there, including the Apple iPad, is still compared to the Amazon Kindle 2. It has managed to keep the fire since its release in 2009. It’s not perfect, but it’s as close as it gets to including the whole package when it comes to eBook readers. It is extremely enjoyable and seriously recommended. When you buy Kindle 2.0, you will surely be pleasantly surprised. The Kindle 2 is as good as any normal book, easy to read from, and extremely user-friendly. And other than its minor disadvantages , you will be off tangent in thinking that this is just another gadget that you will not use after it’s a week old .