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Amazon Kindle 2 (2nd gen, 2009)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 476 reviews of Amazon Kindle 2 (2nd gen, 2009). The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the design and screen. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the storage and reliability.

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 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Amazon Kindle 2 (2nd gen, 2009)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Amazon Kindle 2 (2nd gen, 2009) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the usability. The price also gets good feedback.

portability, price, usability

75% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Amazon Kindle 2 (2nd gen, 2009)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 230 user reviews of Amazon Kindle 2 (2nd gen, 2009) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. People really like the battery and design. The usability and price also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the size, and there are some less positive reviews about the reliability.

portability, price, usability, design, battery

reliability

70% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : John Brandon (digitaltrends.com)

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

Expert review by (engadget.com)

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 (cnet.com)

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 (pcworld.com)

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 (pcworld.com)

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

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

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 (pcworld.com)

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 (wired.com)

Review: Amazon.com Kindle 2

 

Amazon.com 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 (pcmag.com)

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

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Dan Costa (pcmag.com)

Amazon Kindle (2009)

 

Amazon's evolutionary Kindle pushes e-books another step closer to the mainstream.

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. ; Watch the Amazon Kindle!

Although the Kindle costs less than the original, it has eight times the storage. There is no memory card slot, but the company claims you can store more than 1,500 books on its 2GB of internal flash memory (1.4GB is available to the user)—compare that...

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

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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