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Amazon Kindle 2 (2nd gen, 2009)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 477 reviews of Amazon Kindle 2 (2nd gen, 2009). The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.4/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and screen. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the storage and reliability get critical views.

portability, usability, price, screen, design

reliability, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Kindle 2 (2nd gen, 2009) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

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Expert review by : Julian Chokkattu (

Amazon Kindle review (2019)


Amazon has a new Kindle, and it costs just $90. You get 4GB of internal storage to store all your books. There's also Bluetooth in case you want to use Audible to listen instead of read, and the 6-inch screen is perfect for travel. If you're an avid...

Affordable ; Lightweight, easy to hold with one hand ; Adjustable front light ; Long battery life ; Smart features while reading, like X-Ray

Screen isn’t very sharp ; No auto brightness, blue-light filter ; No water resistance

If you want a simple, effective ebook reader, the all-new Amazon Kindle is the best you can buy.

Apr, 2019

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : John Brandon (

Amazon Kindle 2 Review


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

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

Mar, 2009

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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. Onc...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Kindle 2019 review: The entry-level Amazon reader goes after the Paperwhite


Although the Paperwhite remains the Kindle to get, the cheapest model now includes an integrated light and an improved design makes it much more appealing.

The Kindle (2019) has a refined, compact design and is the most affordable Kindle with an integrated light. Base storage bumps up to 4GB. Bluetooth audio is on board for audiobooks. Minor updates enhance Amazon's already best-in-class reader experience.

A little more expensive than the previous model. The ad-free version costs $20 more.

Although the Paperwhite remains the Kindle to get, the cheapest Kindle now includes an integrated light, plus an improved design that makes it more appealing.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (

Amazon Kindle (2019)


The latest low-cost Kindle improves night reading with its front light, but the slightly more expensive Paperwhite offers better overall value for most readers.

Front light. Similar performance to other Kindles.

Not waterproof. Relatively low-resolution screen. Dated design.

In a world of visual noise, the Kindle is quiet. It's not quite a paper book; it doesn't have the feel or the smell, and ultimately you are still looking at a screen. But it's close, it doesn't blow out your visual cortex with a glowing LCD, and it's...

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Amazon Kindle (global wireless review


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

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Solid Improvements for Amazon's Kindle 2


The Kindle 2 is better looking, lighter, and the screen is even easier to read, but it's still difficult to view your own documents on the device.

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Feb, 2009

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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

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

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



Color of product:Black


Color of product:Black
Product color:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Backlight display: No
Color:N / No
Display Diagonal:6
Display Resolution:800 x 600
Gray scale levels:16
Technology:E Ink Pearl / E Paper
Touch screen: Yes

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

Energy Management

Battery life (max):1344
Battery recharge time:4


Menu languages:Multi

File formats

Audio formats supported:No / Not supported
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG / BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG
Video compression format: No
Video formats supported:Not supported


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Amazon Kindle


Compatible memory cards: No
Internal storage capacity:4
Memory capacity (e-books):1000


Type:Wireless cellular modem

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth:N / No / Yes
Data network: No
Headphone out:N
Interface Type:USB 2.0
USB connector type:Micro-USB / USB Type-A
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n


Battery life (max):1344 / 168
Battery recharge time:4


Installed Size:2GB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Handheld Type:eBook reader

Weight & Dimensions

Height:6.3 / 6.65
Weight:5.68 / 7.27
Width:4.53 / 4.61