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Amazon Kindle 3 / 3G

alaTest has collected and analyzed 208 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the screen and build quality. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability.

battery, usability, portability, build quality, screen


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Amazon Kindle 3 / 3G is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon Kindle 3G


The newest refresh to the Kindle line is sleeker and slimmer with a better screen and more wireless options.

The $189 Kindle 3G is an improvement over the already great Kindle 2. The combination of speed, good ergonomics, an improved display, and social sharing features all work in this eReader's favor. And the addition of Wi-Fi sweetens the pot. We don't...

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Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G


Editors' note (October 3, 2011): With the announcement of new Kindle models for 2011, we have lowered the rating of this product from 8.3 to 7.3 and removed the Editors' Choice designation originally awarded in August 2010. Potential buyers of this...

Slimmer, more compact design than previous Kindle; improved screen with higher contrast and faster page turns; native PDF support; large library of hundreds of thousands of e-books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs via Amazon's familiar online store;...

No expansion slot for adding more memory; no support for EPUB book files; no protective carrying case included; battery is sealed into the device and isn't removable.

The third-generation Kindle's winning combination of noteworthy upgrades--an improved screen, better battery life, lighter weight, and lower price--vaults it to the top of the e-book reader category.

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"Great eReader"


Just love this device.I also have a Sony ereader that I really like, but I got the Kindle so that I could have the other features that Amazon offers. I especially like the Wi-fi feature and the 3G capability. I am enjoying having it very muchQ


None that I have seen yet


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"Great product, super support both on line and phone"


Would highly recommend this to any one that loves to read, so much easier than carrying a book plus if you finish one book you still have more with you at all times.

Easy to use - great reading in any type of light

can not change screen savers but that is no big deal for me

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"How did I ever survive without my Kindle?!?"


For anyone who loves to read and wants to carry multiple books without the weight, Kindle is for you. The paper like display makes you feel as though your reading a book without the bulk.

I get to carry a mountain of books with me everywhere I go and they are so light. The e-ink screen keeps my eyes from hurting, reading from the backlit computer screen would give me headaches. I read a lot! The Kindle is easy to navigate and use.

There are no cons.

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"Crisp clear text. Easy to use. Lightweight"


Back cover has been treated or processed with a chemical that caused an allergic reaction. I had to return the unit and after talking with the sales staff at Best Buy Kindle seems to be the best of the breed. I wasn't able to keep the unit longer than...

Ability to carry volumes of information. Pretty decent music player. Easy to figure out most functionalities with little trouble or direction. Keyboard easy to navigate. Easy to acclimate to 6" screen size. Good price for the 3G WiFi combo.

Absence of headers; an eReader problem, especially for Bible study. Music player has limited controls; can't arrange tracks. Need to move back button away from the down arrow; too close together and must learn to avoid it. Internet very slow.

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"I Love my kindle"


Other than the e-readers apps i have on my phone, this is my first e-reader; i love it! When i first opened the box i thought there was a stick on the screen. The E-ink tech is amazing! The 5 button controller is a bit annoying especially when you're...

E-ink technology

Minors but: 5 button controller!, Book shelf, uneven weight distribution. (Nothing i cant live with)

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"An Overlooked.Crucial.For Some.Difference From The Nook"


For travelers 3G can be a very very significant benefit...

3G capability means that both web browsing and book downloading is available where WiFi access is either not free, expensive or not available at all...

Some prefer a touchscreen to a keyboard..

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"Love My Kindle!!"


All in all, it's a great buy for eReaders and book lovers. Even if you are one of those individuals who like to download PDF research reports, articles, ...etc. for work. You can use the desktop kindle to assist in this area. I priced out other...

Easy to read screen! Love the dictionary and adding my own notes/highlighting. 3G WiFi is the way to go, because it'll whisper sync my books I download instantly. Don't buy the WiFi unless your home is wire for it or if you frequent schools/coffee shops t

It's not a color reader; however I purchased it to read. My iPhone is way to small to use the kindle, especially since I read fast. If you're a slow reader then maybe that device is for you.

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"Best eReader available, Hands Down!"


I am one reader who never thought I would prefer anything but a "real" book but I stand corrected. I love my Kindle and honestly read faster and more often because of it. I have a few friends that have the Nook Color and I like the features of the nook...

eink screen, amazon library and customer service, battery life, cost

not many lendable books