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Amazon Kindle 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 290 reviews of Amazon Kindle 2. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and performance. The usability and price also get good comments, whereas there are some negative reviews about the storage and reliability. There are some mixed reviews about the screen.

portability, price, usability, performance, design

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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 172 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 4.1/5 for other eReaders on People really like the battery and durability. The usability and price also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the screen and reliability. There are some mixed comments about the size.

portability, price, usability, durability, battery

reliability, screen

71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Apr, 2016

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: David Carnoy (

Amazon Kindle (global wireless review: Amazon Kindle (global wireless


Amazon announced August 2, 2010, that the model reviewed here will be replaced with an updated Kindle. As of August 27, 2010, the redesigned Kindle with ship in a Wi-Fi version for $139 and a Wi-Fi plus 3G version for $189.

Large library of tens of thousands of e-books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs via Amazon's familiar online store; built-in free wireless "Whispernet" data network that works in the U.S. and some countries abroad (no PC needed); built-in keyboard for...

No Wi-Fi; no expansion slot for adding more memory; no protective carrying case included; battery is sealed into the device and isn't removable; isn't compatible with loaner e-books from your local library that use the ePub format; if you're using the...

While the new internationalized Kindle looks exactly like the earlier U.S.-only model, this e-reader, which uses AT&T's data network for wireless access, represents an incremental improvement to the Kindle line--just as serious competition is ramping...

Nov, 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

Expert review by: (

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 (

Review: Kindle 2 Kindle 2 9/10 Learn How We Rate Wired The best e-reading system on the market. Welcome improvements to aesthetics, more functional industrial design, better...

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

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Dan Costa (

Amazon Kindle 2


With a new look, an enhanced screen, text-to-speech capability, and a host of additional design improvements, Amazon's Kindle 2 ($359 direct) offers everything that made the original Kindle a best-sellerand more. The price remains high, but avid...

Super-thin. Improved screen. Better button layout. 2GB capacity (1,500 books). Free integrated cellular modem. Text-to-speech capability. Buying new titles is dead simple. Wide selection of books, magazines, and blogs.

Still no touch screen. No native PDF or .DOC support. Reads only proprietary e-book format. Interface could be more intuitive.

Despite some rough edges, the Kindle 2 is sure to drive e-books further into the mainstream.

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