Design & Interface
The Kindle 3 is lightweight, weighing only 246 grams. This is super light and even lighter than its predecessor – the Kindle 2 - that weighs 289 grams. The device feels durable and is beautiful to look at, being packed in a high density plastic. I am guessing I could drop this device a few times on the floor without damaging it.
When it comes down to sitting on a sofa or lying on a bed and reading a book, it is a great little gadget which has no match. You could also use an iPad for reading eBooks, but the iPad is not comfortable enough for reading eBooks, as it is heavier than the Kindle. The iPhone is another option, but when it comes to completely enjoying the reading experience, you need a dedicated eBook reader, such as the Kindle 3!
The new Kindle 3 features a 6.5-inch E Ink display, with better contrast than the Kindle 2. The screen resolution is 800x600, and it is capable of displaying 16 shades of gray. All the shades are sharp and rich, making it easier to read all sizes of text. The screen is not backlit, so it saves a lot of battery power. Without a backlit screen, the screen may be difficult to visualize, but if you have ambient lighting, then the screen looks clear and beautiful.
The Kindle 3 has a new sliding power button. The power button, headphone jack, micro USB port and volume buttons are all located at the bottom of the device. The buttons for turning pages are located on the side of the Kindle 3. Some people claim that these buttons are easier to miss, but I find them perfectly okay. The buttons are nearly inaudible when clicked, advantageous when you are reading the book and somebody is sleeping in the room. The keyboard buttons are more rounded on the Kindle 3; I found them much easier to use, and the experience is similar to what you will find on a typical mobile phone keyboard.
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