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Amazon Kindle 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 281 reviews of Amazon Kindle 2. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. Reviews about the battery and design are generally positive. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably. The size and performance get mixed reviews. Many are critical about the storage and reliability.

portability, price, usability, design, battery

reliability, storage

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 89/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Amazon Kindle 2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 173 user reviews of Amazon Kindle 2 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on Reviewers really like the battery and durability. The usability and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the screen and reliability. Opinions are divided on the size.

portability, price, usability, durability, battery

reliability, screen

72% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Gagan Gupta (

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...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: Hubert Nguyen (

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 [...]

May, 2009

Expert review by: Will Smith (

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...

Apr, 2009


Expert review by: John Brandon (

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.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Melissa J. Perenson (

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...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Todd Haselton (

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...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Joshua Topolsky (

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

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: (

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

Feb, 2009

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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...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Steven Levy (

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...

Feb, 2009

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


Dimensions & Weight


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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Amazon Kindle


Type:Wireless cellular modem


Installed Size:2GB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Handheld Type:eBook reader