The Kindle 3: A Personal Review

January 17, 2011 — 1 Comment

I have now had my Kindle Wifi for 5 months. To start it is important to note that this was never meant to, and will never replace my hard-copy books. It is an addition to them. There are just some books that you need to have in print, like reference books (see Mohler’s discussion on this). Here are the strengths and weaknesses of the Kindle.

Strengths:

  • Reading Ability:  It has a 6 inch page and is ultra thin, like reading a small paperback. Also, the screen is really easy on the eyes. You can change the font size to what you want. Unlike the iPad it is not back lit and therefore does not hurt your eyes after long periods of staring at it. When you buy this you are buying a reading device. Don’t expect anything else, that is what it is meant to be and that is what it excels at.
  • Battery Life:  The Kindle battery lasts a very long time. My Kindle died for the first time this past week after I had not charged it for over 1.5 months and left it on standby the entire time. Let’s put it this way. If you go on a week trip you don’t have to bring your charger.
  • Available Books:  There are tons of FREE books, and the availability of books continues to grow.
  • Price:  Amazing that this thing is $139 Wifi or $189 with 3G. In addition e-books are cheaper than hard-copy.
  • Memory Space:  Kindle supports 3500 books (also can support PDF’s)
  • Bonus Features:  The bonus features like listening to music, browsing the web, it reading aloud to you all need work, however it nice to have the option to use them.
  • Syncing Ability:  It syncs to your Kindle App on your computer, iPhone, or iPad.  In other words, you can put down your Kindle and pick up your computer and continue to read where you left off.
  • Kindle Clippings:  It is easy to highlight and then very easy to plug it into your computer, and put these clippings in word documents.  I love this feature, because it is like marking up a hard-copy book but it is all put into a word document for you.

Weaknesses

  • Page Turning:  Although you get used to the page turn, and it has been sped up from the last version, I still think there could be improvements made.
  • Greek and Hebrew Bibles:  I still have not found a Hebrew Bible to buy for it and the only Greek Bible is the Byzantine text.
  • Bible Surfing:  It is great to have your Bible on there, but trying to get to different places in the Bible takes some.  You have to always go back to table of contents, then scroll through books, then scroll to chapter. It makes it difficult to get to things quickly.
  • Extras:  Like I said above, I love that I can listen to music on it and check my email but it is also difficult. It is like having an iPod shuffle with the music. You put it on there but cannot see what you are listening to and have to simply go from one song to the other. In addition, in regards to the Internet, it is slow and difficult to maneuver. In other words, it is nice if you have time, but you would never want to always check your email on it.
  • Theological Works:  The amount of deep theological works are lacking (although growing).  But actually that has not bothered me.  I buy more books on the Kindle that I want to read quickly.
  • No Support of Library eBooks:  I have heard that you can go to the Library with the nook and rent ebooks from the library and then they will disappear when the rental is due. That would be a nice feature that they could add to the Kindle

Overall

Overall I love my Kindle. If you don’t buy books that you want to read, you won’t use it. If you don’t travel much, you also might not use it that much. The extras (music, internet) need a lot of work. So if you want to spend $300 extra, watch movies, and surf the internet, then get the iPad. But if you want a reading device, buy the Kindle.

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