The Kindle holds up to 3,500 books, which is more than the average person reads in a lifetime. If your collection does grow beyond this capacity, you can archive the books that you have already read.
The E Ink technology is excellent. Fonts display with a crispness that is comparable with the nook. As for the font selection, there is only one font, which you can make small (approximately 8 points) to extra large (approximately 20 points). You can set your Kindle to display as much text as you want on the screen, or set the font to the maximum size for easier reading.
As for the ability to read in bright sunlight, the Kindle does a good job. There is some glare, depending on how you hold the Kindle, but if you hold it flat you won’t get any glare.
The built-in Wi-Fi makes it too convenient to shop for new books for your Kindle. This feature can be a little buggy, depending on where you are when you turn on the Wi-Fi feature. For instance, I am able to download books in less than 30 seconds from where I live. If you live out in the country, you may have some difficulties finding a consistent connection. Lastly, make sure that you turn your Wi-Fi setting off if you want your battery to last for a long time.
Out of all the features, I am most disappointed with the Enhanced PDF reader. The reason for this is the sizing capability. By default, the Kindle will size your PDF documents to fit the screen. If you need to resize the document, you will have to zoom, and then pan in order to read the document. This feature still needs plenty of work.
Ergonomically, I love how the Kindle fits neatly into your hand for easy holding. I also like the new layout that Amazon implemented with the Kindle 3. All of the controls, except for the page turning buttons, are located at the bottom of the device.
The pricing of the hundreds of thousands of books that are available in the Kindle format is great s well. You can find books for free, either by searching for them by price or by checking out the top selling ebooks section on the Kindle books’ main page. I have found several books by authors that I had yet to discover this way. Amazon also offers samples of all of its books so that you can try new authors or genres.
The price for the Kindle 3 is $139 without 3G and $189 with 3G.
Rating: 4.5 stars