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  1. Ron Cronovich "Ron" says:
    30,302 of 30,672 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Kindle vs. Nook (updated November 2011), August 28, 2010
    Ron Cronovich “Ron” (Kenosha, WI) –
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    My review is now over a year old, as is the “Kindle Keyboard” as Amazon calls it now. There are newer models: the basic, cheapie Kindle and the Kindle Touch, and of course the Kindle Fire quasi-tablet.

    Each of these models is an excellent choice. Whichever one is right for you just depends on your preferences.

    The 3 e-ink Kindles are Kindle Keyboard (this one), Kindle Touch (the newest “flagship” model), and the basic Kindle. All 3 of them have EXACTLY THE SAME 6″ DISPLAY, with the same sharp typeface and high contrast that reads like ink on paper with no eyestrain. The Kindle Keyboard is the oldest of these models, and I got one of the first ones when they came out in August 2010.

    I still absolutely LOVE my Kindle Keyboard and use it almost every day. I have read dozens of books on it. I like the newer models, they have some neat features, but the experience of reading a book on them is no better or worse than on my 1-year-old Kindle Keyboard. Page turns are now smoother and faster on the newest Kindles, but the difference is not enough to make it worth the cost of upgrading, in my opinion.

    The touch-screen interface of the Kindle Touch is pretty neat. But, unlike my iPad, I only use my Kindle to read books, and reading books is just as nice on any of the current Kindle models. I don’t consider the touch screen a “must have” feature, and I’m normally obsessed with having the latest version of every tech product I own.

    For that reason, I think the cheapest Kindle is an excellent choice. It has less memory than the Keyboard or Touch, but it has plenty enough for 100s of books, and of course you always get free storage in the Amazon cloud for any books that you don’t need to have on your device at this moment, such as books you’ve already read. All your Kindle books are automatically stored in Amazon’s cloud, whether they’re on your device or not, and getting them back on your device is super-easy, regardless of which Kindle model you have.

    If this will be your first e-reader, you can choose one of these Kindle models or the Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch. The Nook Simple Touch has the same 6″ e-ink display as the 3 Kindle models, but different typefaces. I think the letters are a little sharper on the Kindles, but the Nook Simple Touch typefaces are also very readable, plus you get a few more choices of typefaces compared to the Kindle.

    The “Nook First Edition” is still available at a steeply discounted price, but it is a poor performer by today’s standards. (You wouldn’t buy an “ipod first edition,” except possibly as a collector’s item, would you?)

    Those are the e-ink Kindles and Nooks. Of course, you might be considering one of the quasi-tablets, Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet. Both are excellent, both have their strengths. Nook Tablet’s main advantage is it has twice the internal memory as Kindle Fire – but B&N only lets you use a small fraction of it for third-party content, whereas you can use all of KF’s available memory for 3rd party content. And, KF is more affordable.

    In my opinion, the real deciding factor between a Kindle product and a Nook product is not any specific feature of the hardware or software – both product families are excellent. The real decision point is whether you prefer living in Amazon’s universe or Barnes & Noble’s. Content you buy from Amazon only works with Kindles, while content you buy from B&N only works with Nooks.

    Both universes have their advantages, so it’s a matter of personal preference. B&N’s main advantage is you can take your device into your local B&N store and get real assistance from a human being. But Amazon has dedicated customer service lines for Kindle support and you can get a real human on the phone very quickly (in my experience), and they are very helpful. Plus, Kindles and Nooks are generally very easy to use, so you’ll probably need very little tech support.

    I’m already heavily invested into the Amazon universe, having purchased many dozens of Kindle books; plus, I have an Amazon prime membership, which to my family is very worth the cost (you get free streaming video of TV shows and movies plus unlimited free 2-day air shipping on most Amazon purchases). So if my Kindle were lost or stolen, I’d buy another Kindle product rather than a Nook product.

    Whatever you buy, you’ll probably be happy. The choices available now are quite good, and prices are better than ever. It’s hard to believe that the basic Kindle at only 79 bucks performs better and costs 1/3 as much as the now two-year-old Kindle 2 (an older, slightly larger version of the Kindle Keyboard).

    If you’re considering the Kindle keyboard, you can read my original review of it below. (Sorry it’s so long!) The “nook” it refers to is the “Nook first edition,” which was fine…

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  2. Jeffrey Stanley says:
    10,945 of 11,183 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Worth the money. Not perfect, but very very good for start to finish novels in good light, August 31, 2010
    Jeffrey Stanley (Wichita, KS United States) –
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    The Kindle is my first e-ink reader. I own an iPad, an iPhone, and have owned a Windows-based phone in the past that I used as an ereader.

    My overall impression of the device is good.

    The good:
    I’d honestly rather read linear (read from page one to the end, one page at a time) fiction from it than a book, because I can’t always get comfortable with a book. Hardcovers are sometimes a bit heavy, and paperbacks don’t always lie open easily. The Kindle is incredibly light and thin. I can hold it in one hand easily. The page turn buttons are conveniently located. Page-turns aren’t instant, but they’re probably quicker than turning a physical page in a printed book (there are just a lot more page-turns unless you choose a small font). The contrast is better than other ereaders I’ve seen. There is zero eye strain in good light. My eyesight isn’t the greatest and I like being able to increase the font size and read without glasses. I love being able to browse the Kindle store and read samples before deciding to purchase. The “experimental” browser is surprisingly usable, but isn’t great. It is useful for browsing wikipedia and blogs. The biggest drawback to the browser is the awkward pointer navigation, using the 5-way pad. It syncs your furthest read page over the internet so you can pick up where you left off using your iPhone or iPad.

    The so-so:
    The kindle store could use more categories and sorting options. You can’t sort by “top rated,” and there is no category for “alternate histories,” for example. Finding a very-specific type of fiction relies on keyword searches, which don’t do a great job. The wifi sometimes doesn’t connect before it times-out. You rarely need the wifi, but it is annoying if you change a setting, answer “OK” to the prompt to connect, and the thing tells you it failed to connect two seconds later (the exact moment it indicates that it did finally connect, then you need to go back to update the setting again). Most settings don’t require a connection, but it is a minor annoyance. Most of your time will be spent reading, and of course your books are stored on the device and a connection is not required. Part of me wishes I’d bought the 3G model, because the browser is good enough that having lifetime free 3G wireless would be worth the extra money. Magazines don’t look very good and are not very easy to navigate. There is minor glare in some lighting conditions, mostly when a lamp is positioned behind the reader’s head.

    The bad:
    The contrast is fair to poor in dim light. It is much easier to read a printed page in dim light. In good light, contrast is on par with a pulp paperback. In dim light it feels almost like reading from an old Palm Pilot (resolution is better than an old Palm, but contrast is bad in dim light). The screen is small enough that the frequency of page turns is pretty high. Even in good light, the light gray background is less pleasant than the eggshell background of a printed page. You must tell it to sync before you switch it off, if you expect the feature allowing you to pick up where you left off using other devices to work correctly. The copy protection prevents you from using the files on anything other than Kindle software or devices.

    Vs iPad:
    IPad is a lot better for magazines, reference materials, and illustrated materials. Kindle is worlds better for reading novels. IPad is pretty heavy, making it more difficult to hold in your hand or carry with you everywhere. Kindle is much more portable and easier to hold. IPad has some amazing children’s books and magazines, which take advantage of its multimedia features. IPad is unreadable in sunlight and glare is bad in bright light. Kindle is as good as a printed page in bright light. Ipad serves as a creative tool, a computing tool, a gaming tool, and a communication tool. Kindle is only a novel machine. I don’t regret buying either one of them. An iPad won’t replace books, but a Kindle can, if the book is text-only.

    I highly recommend this device at its new low price if you are a frequent reader of novels. I love my kindle. Just don’t expect it to be more than it is. Leave the magazines and such to the tablet computers.

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  3. Matthew E. Coenen "'I'll Never Get It!' (Bang... says:
    2,760 of 2,816 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I Wanted a Dedicated E-Reader, and That’s What I Got, September 7, 2010
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    I’m a first-time Kindle owner, so I have nothing to “compare” the latest Kindle to. I don’t own a Nook. I don’t own an iPad (and, in any case, that’s comparing apples to oranges). I don’t have a Sony e-reader. ‘

    This will be a short, simple review.

    I received my Kindle about a week ago and haven’t been able to put it down.

    Things I like about my Kindle?
    1. The e-ink display is amazing.
    2. Using the 5-way controller is simple and effective.
    3. Page turn speeds are faster than I thought they would be.
    4. It’s lightweight, even with the attached cover (I have an Amazon cover with a built-in light)
    5. Page-turning buttons are quiet and well-placed.
    6. Recharge time is fast.
    7. I can order a book and start reading it in less than 60 seconds. Nice!
    8. Portability… I can take 3,000 books with me when I travel for work and not require additional suitcases or baggage fees.

    Things I’m not too keen on?
    1. Buttons are too close together and are laid out oddly.
    2. Lack of individual number buttons is frustrating.
    3. Power button on the bottom? Not a bad thing. Just an odd thing. (Same for the headphone input). I usually rest the “bottom” of a book on my lap when I read.

    Things I hope change in the future?
    1. How books are organized… When I put a book in a collection (which is actually a “tag”), it still appears in the main list. It’s not actually “moved”, it’s merely associated.
    2. The look of the main screen. I’d like “folders” or some other way to display “collections”.
    3. Ability to create personal “screen savers.”
    4. E-book pricing, though Amazon has little control over this. Still, most titles are the same price as or less than their hardback/paperback counterparts. (And I’m not opposed to paying more for convenience and portability).

    Things that don’t bother me regarding other reviews?
    1. The browser is experimental. Amazon has created a dedicated e-reader, and it’s meant to be used to read. Period. Not browse the web. If you want to browse the web, get a computer — not an e-reader.
    2. The Kindle is not an mP3 player, either. Yes, it’s nice to have some classical music playing in the background while I read, but I don’t need to see the title of the song, album art, etc. (And you can skip from track to track on the Kindle using shortcut keys).
    3. Lack of a “color” or “touch” screen.

    In summary, for $139, I’m quite thrilled with my purchase and have arleady read multiple books on it. In fact, I think I’ve read more in the past week than I’ve read in the past month.

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