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Amazon Kindle 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 273 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and battery. The usability and value for money are also appreciated. There are some critical opinions about the storage, and there are mixed comments on the reliability and performance.

portability, value for money, usability, battery, design

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Amazon Kindle 2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 273 reviews)

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Amazon Kindle 2

 

The concept of ebooks isn't new to Indians and readers have been available as software applications on mobile phones and even portable media players for a while now. Even the iPhone has a kindle application and a brilliant Stanza ebook reader that's...

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Amazon Kindle 2 In-Depth Review

 

By Simon Barber* I have just spent a week with a Kindle 2 Amazon lent me to review. Tomorrow I [...]

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Amazon Kindle 2

 

Normally, we lead off reviews with the relevant speeds and feeds, but in the case of an eBook reader, like the Kindle, that's not necessary. The Kindle 2 is about the same thickness as this magazine and the size of a trade paperback, but packs enough...

Great screen for reading ; tiny size ; hundreds of thousands of books instantly available

Too expensive ; screen is black and white ; proprietary book format

Our second-favorite thing about the Kindle 2 is its wireless connection to Amazon's Kindle store. By pairing the hardware with a no-monthly-charge cellular data connection, the Kindle effectively puts Amazon's entire library of digital books just a few...

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EDITORS' CHOICE

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Amazon Kindle 2

 

Reading a book online is like cooking a hotdog with your bare hands at a campfire: it doesn't really work, and the longer you try, the more it hurts. Even if you find a really compelling e-book, current generation LCD screens flicker too much – your...

Easy access to new content; converts many different document types; free 3G access; wide selection of books; supports audiobooks

Hard to use at times; not as stylish as the Sony reader; limited support for free books

In the end, we heartily recommend the Amazon Kindle 2 over any other e-reader.

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Amazon Kindle 2 E-Reader Review

 

Lets you buy and download e-books wirelessly ; Improved screen text, and a slimmer profile

Joystick nav and buttons are stiff and awkward ; Need to use menu to disable wireless ; Amazon Kindle 2 E-Book Reader ; Kindle 2 Review, by Melissa J. Perenson, PC World March 5, 2009 ; At half the thickness of Amazon's first e-book reader, the Amazon...

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Amazon Kindle 2

 

The Kindle 2 is hands-down the best e-book yet, but we wish it cost less.

The first Kindle was a little too bulky for our tastes, but the Kindle 2 is a vast improvement both in terms of usability and design. Amazon is missing many popular books, and its magazine selection is a bit thin at the moment, but overall, content...

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Amazon Kindle 2 review

 

Having already handled the Kindle 2 at its launch in New York City, we had a pretty good idea of what we'd be getting into after it arrived at the bunker. Once we actually had a little time to spend with the device, it really started to sink in how...

Screen better than previous generation ; Reworked OS is easier to use ; Industrial design is improved

Costly ; Performance is still sluggish ; Five-way rocker navigation is clunky

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Cost-Justifying the Kindle 2

 

Will Amazon's newest e-book reader save you money? Does it matter?

Unfortunately, I have no plans to visit Paris or any other international destination these days. But I've got a Kindle 2 winging its way toward me. Lousy return on investment aside, a person's got to have something to look forward to

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Amazon Kindle 2 Vs. Kindle Original: We Compare

 

We break down the key differences between the Amazon Kindle 2 and the company's original e-book reader.

On the whole, even though the original Kindle (at left) and the Kindle 2 share the same matte white color and have the same-size display (6 inches diagonally), their keyboards and their navigation buttons are clearly different. Here, you can see...

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Kindle 2 Brings Books Closer to e-Nirvana

 

Only a true icon makes every other product in its category seem chintzy and dated, if not totally obsolete. With its stylish design, slim profile (0.36

The best e-reading system on the market. Welcome improvements to aesthetics, more functional industrial design, better graphics and longer battery life. Sleeker than the original: A third of an inch thick and 10 ounces. Southpaws rejoice: right- and...

Quite expensive. Book content shackled with DRM. Interface is improved, sure, but it could be even better. 6-inch screen holds only so many words per page. No native PDF reader. Display doesn't rotate to landscape view. Only 1.4 of 2 GB is available...

Product Specifications

Kindle is lighter than a typical paperback and as thin as most magazines. Barely a third of an inch in profile, you'll find Kindle fits perfectly in your hands. Kindle is as easy to hold and use as a book. When reading for long periods of time, people naturally shift positions and often like to read with one hand. Kindle's page-turning buttons are located on both sides, allowing you to read and turn pages comfortably with one hand from any position. The page-turn buttons now flex inward to prevent any accidental page turns when picking up or handling Kindle. With the text-to-speech feature, Kindle can read every newspaper, magazine, blog and book out loud to you, unless the book is disabled by the rights holder. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can choose from both male and female voices which can be sped up or slowed down to suit your preference. In the middle of a great book or article but have to jump in the car? Simply turn on Text-to-Speech and listen on the go.

Audio Output

Type:Speaker(s)

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.4in
Height:8in
Width:5.3in

Display (Projector)

Color Support:4-bit (16 gray levels)
Color Support:4-bit (16 gray levels)
Diagonal Size:6in
Diagonal Size (metric):15.2cm
Technology:E Ink

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Amazon.com
Model:2
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Amazon Kindle

Modem

Type:Wireless cellular modem

ROM

Installed Size:2GB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System

Handheld Type:eBook reader
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