Kindle review

As promised in my last post, I'm starting a review of all the flavours of Kindles currently available, to help me decide which model I will go for to replace my recently deceased one.

So here we go with today's review of the Kindle, the entry level device of the moment.

Priced at £69 in the UK, this 6", Wi-Fi* enabled Kindle weighs less than 170 grammes, has improved, no-glare  readability and can store 1,400 books.  What more could you want in an eBook reader?  My wife Jo has owned one for a couple of months, so I asked her for a review: "When I first got it, I didn't like the fact that both sides have page turning buttons, but I'm used to it now", she said.  Any other downsides? "Well, it doesn't come with a power adaptor, a bit of a 'batteries not included' moment. However, the lead that is included will let you power the Kindle up from your laptop and many mobile phone power leads will also work with it." What do you like about it then? "Well, the obvious things."

Two Kindle owners: my wife Jo and grandson Joe.
 Let's face it, £69 is not a lot to pay for a device that fits in your pocket and can go with you anywhere. So why didn't I just buy one then?  Well, because there is something even better on the horizon.... More tomorrow: we're off to Scarborough to see the grandchildren-counting my son and daughter-in-law there will be 5 Kindle owners in the house, the exception being me!

* Wi-Fi enabled just means that you can use your Kindle to download content if you have wireless broadband at home, or are in an environment where Wi-Fi is available.  So if you are on holiday, for example and you run out of things to read, you could log on to the Amazon website and buy and download a book in less than 60 seconds.


Return of the Kindle User

As you may have spotted, the last time I posted on this blog was back in February. Because of a number of factors: work commitments, family commitments and pure laziness I just haven't been able to keep this blog up to date.  But now I find myself in the strange position of having to replace my old Kindle keyboard after the screen display suddenly developed strange horizontal patterns making it unreadable.  I rang up the nice people at Amazon to see if I could get a replacement, but because my Kindle was out of warranty, the best they could do was to offer me  a 10% discount on a new model, which was fair enough, I suppose.

At the time, I knew that Amazon were likely to be releasing a number of new models, not least the Kindle Fire, so I decided to weigh my options and wait a few weeks before replacing my Kindle. This is what has really brought me back to blogging-doing a web search for Kindle reviews frequently brought me back to this site, which is a bit embarrassing really, given the lack of new content.  So I thought I'd share my search for a new Kindle with you and at the same time update the information on this site.

It may well be that I come to the conclusion that I can manage perfectly well reading on my laptop and phone using the Kindle apps, as I have been doing for the last few weeks.  But having been away for a few weeks walking in the English Lake District, I must admit that I felt jealous of my wife Jo's Kindle ownership as she could get in a few minutes read as we stopped for a break. This is her yesterday at Easdale Tarn, above Grasmere (where Wordsworth's cottage is situated.)

Kindle Paperwhite delayed in UK

Just spotted on the Amazon UK website that the Kindle Paperwhite, due to be shipped on October 25th has been delayed until December 3rd. Kindle Keyboard gift bundle review

If you're looking for the perfect gift for the new Kindle Keyboard (Kindle 3) owner, you could do worse than considering this special offer from Priced at £24.99, the bundle includes a faux-leather case, a rubber 'skin', a pack of screen protectors, a clip-on reading light and a car charger.

So let's look at the contents one by one:

The Case

The faux-leather case in black looks good, is well-made, sturdy and serviceable. The Kindle just slips in to the elasticated supports which hold it in firmly. The case doesn't add much to the Kindle's weight and the front section folds all the way back for easy reading. A definite thumbs up, considering the cost of some cases you see advertised on their own.

The Sleeve

The rubber sleeve slips easily over the Kindle leaving the back fully covered-apart from some cut-outs for the speakers-but with the screen and the keyboard exposed.  It has a good, non-slip, lightweight feel to it and makes the Kindle easy to hold and read. As I downloaded a book last night to my Kindle which my wife Jo also wants to read, she's currently sitting on the sofa reading as I write this review and she has chosen to put the skin on, rather than the cover.  I think it would be perfect for beach reading, where you want an element of water protection.

The Light

A lightweight, clip-on reading light is included in the bundle ( but not the batteries needed to power it unfortunately) and it does the job well enough. Not something I would see myself using much but it does solve the problem of reading in low light situations: in bed, on the plane etc. Jo has just clipped it on my Kindle and switched it on, so she obviously likes it!

Screen Protectors

The pack of stick-on plastic screen protectors included is the least successful part of the bundle for me. Although they are quite easy to stick down and smooth out, it makes the screen far too shiny and reflective, so I took it off...

Car Charger

Charges your Kindle, in the car.  And it fits my phone.


At the price, this Gearzap gift bundle is excellent value for money. The Kindle Keyboard cover and sleeve would be worth the price on their own; the light and charger are nice extras, but the  screen protectors don't work for me.