Kindle e-Book Reader review
Lots of promise, but disappointing
White in color,
slightly larger than a paperback book, and twice as heavy,
but able to store hundreds of books digitally, Amazon's
Kindle eBook reader also has a keyboard to allow for some
basic web browsing via the high speed wireless service it also
lot to like about this unit, which has the potential to
develop in other areas as well as 'just' reading books.
But does it do a good job of its current prime purpose -
allowing you to read books on its E Ink screen?
A review in two parts. This is part one,
is here. See also our review of
Sony's competing PRS-500 eBook
EBook technology is something
that promises a great deal, but has yet to deliver even
minimally on its promises. A functional but lackluster
product from Sony has been available since late 2006, but greedy
pricing on eBooks has killed any appeal it has to mainstream
And so Amazon's entry into
this marketplace has been greeted with a great deal of interest.
Amazon's strength is, of course, getting books, at discounted
prices, to readers
through an excellently designed website. The good news - their website
makes it much easier to buy eBooks than the Sony Bookstore, and
Amazon now (June 2008) has over 125,000 titles available for their eBook
reader, known as the Kindle (compared to only 20,000 with Sony).
Even better, their pricing is more realistic, generally a
third lower than Sony.
But, is the Kindle the eBook
reader we've all been waiting for and now must buy? Should
you buy one as your own personal Christmas present this year?
Alas, we find the unit to be
flawed in several areas, and to lack the 'sex appeal' of an iPod,
or other excellently designed 'gadget'. Most people will
probably decide not to buy a Kindle in its first generation
form, and will instead hope that a second generation unit will
have a lower purchase price, better interface, broader range of
titles, and better design and build quality.
The Amazon Kindle
e-Book Reader System - What you Get
The Kindle, which one buys
only from Amazon's website, comes nicely
packaged inside a cardboard box that looks vaguely like a thick
hardcover book. (Update May 2008 : The price was
originally $399 but has now lowered down to $359.)
There isn't much inside the
box, which comes with special padding to fill up what would
otherwise be a largely empty space inside - the unit itself, a
cover, a multi-voltage power supply, and a USB cable.
terms of documentation, there is a license agreement sheet and a
30 page 'About Your Amazon Kindle' leaflet. More detailed
documentation is in a 91 page User Guide which is, and perhaps
logically enough, in electronic form on the Kindle rather than
This isn't actually as
logical a concept as it seems. I wanted to have the manual
to one side while I played with some of the commands and
controls on the unit, but this meant I was needing to keep
moving from the manual page to doing things then getting back to
the manual again to continue reading. This was not an easy
thing to do, and highlights one weakness of electronic books
compared to their 'old fashioned' print versions - you can only
have one eBook open on the screen at a time. Fortunately, one can
also download a PDF of the manual from the
Amazon support web for Kindle.
The unit comes with a one
year warranty. Customer support is available either
through the support website or by phone, toll free to
(866)321-8851, and is available seven days a week, 6am - 10pm
The first time I called for
support, I was immediately connected to a friendly helpful
American based in Kennewick, WA. Well done, Amazon, for
choosing to support the product here in the US rather than
The second time also got me
a helpful person, and my report of a suspected battery life
problem caused them to immediately overnight me a replacement
unit - not just a replacement battery, but an entire new Kindle.
A very positive response indeed.
A printed sheet of
protective plastic over the screen acts as a quick start guide -
step one is to charge the unit, step two is to turn the power
on, and step three is to remove the protective sheet and start
the unit. Very straightforward.
Well, actually, no.
The last part of the three steps - starting the unit - was
puzzling. There's no immediately visible on/off button on
the front. However, while I was staring at the unit and
wondering what I was overlooking, the unit powered up by itself.
There is no regular On/Off switch as such, other than the master
power switch on the back. The reason for this is because
the E Ink display uses no power, other than when it is 'turning
the page' and changing the display. The unit's electronics
go into a sleep mode after some minutes of inactivity, and the
display switches to one of a series of quirky clip art images,
with instructions at the bottom on how to re-awaken the unit
when you wish to use it again.
The Design, Look and Feel of
I might sound superficial
here, but I consider it essential that the Kindle look
sophisticated, sexy, and clever.
Look at an iPod, for
example, whether it be a full size hard disk based unit, or a
Nano iPod (either first or second generation). They are
all wonders of industrial design and engineering. They are
made out of almost seamless materials, and part of the wonder is
'how did they fit this all together so well'. There are no
obvious seams or cracks, and the units are almost pieces of
personal jewellery as much as functional MP3 players. I've
sometimes wanted to buy another iPod just because they look so
nice in the stores.
When someone is buying a new
piece of electronic equipment that will be used in public, they
want the item itself to reflect positively on themselves and
their tastes. They want something that shows themselves to
be discerning, and a connoisseur. They don't want
something that implies they are a geek or a nerd.
And, of course, in addition
to wanting something that makes them look good in the eyes of
people around them (or, at the very least, something that
doesn't make them look stupid) they want something that is easy
to use - which is as polished in its actual use as it is in its
design and manufacture.
Okay, after this lengthy
build-up, how does the Kindle score? Very very poorly.
The unit itself, which is
inexplicably wedgy in construction (thicker on the left hand
side than the right) looks to be cheaply constructed, with
everything in plastic, nothing metal. That's not to say
that metal is essential or important, but the plastic finish to
everything looks plain and cheap. Amazon's partial excuse
to that is 'we didn't want the unit itself to detract from your
experience reading the books on it' but that is a nonsense
statement to make. A well designed well made unit would
enhance the overall reading experience.
Furthermore, contrary to
their claim, the design of the unit actually does interfere with
its use. The white cream plastic makes it harder to read
the unit in low light. If, for example, you're on a night
flight somewhere and are reading the unit in the dark with only
the overhead light illuminating your Kindle, or perhaps if you
have one of the Book Lights to provide light, you'll find that
your eyes have difficulty adjusting to the high contrast bright
white that is shining light back to you, and the low contrast
grey and black of the screen that isn't shining light back to
Amazon should have designed
the front of the unit in a darker color so as to make it easier
to read in low light/spot light conditions.
Actually using the unit is
poorly thought out, too. Much of both sides of the unit
have large buttons on the sides to control your moving through
pages in the book. But try and hold the unit without
ending up inadvertently pushing these buttons. Chances are
you'll find yourself losing your place due to unplanned clicks
of these large buttons.
The four buttons are not
very logical, either. A big button on the left from the
top of the unit and down two thirds of the screen is to go back
to a previous page, and below that is a smaller button to go
forward to the next page. But, on the right hand side,
there is a large button running the entire length of the screen
for going forward to the next page, and then below that, a
button marked 'Back' which doesn't take you back to the previous
page, but instead takes you back up the menu tree to the
previous level menu. Unless you really concentrate, you'll
find yourself pushing the wrong button on the wrong side from
time to time. It happens to me all the time.
On the back of the unit,
only accessible by taking the unit out of its cover, is a master
On/Off switch and a Wireless On/Off switch. You'll
probably want to keep the wireless function off much of the time
to preserve battery life, and will always need to turn it off if
using the unit on a plane.
As an aside, would you care
to guess at what percentage of people will remember to turn the
wireless transmitter off when on a flight? My guess is
much less than half, so let's all hope the airlines are indeed
over-reacting when they worry about wireless transmitters and
cell phones being on during a flight.
There's an unnecessarily
small QWERTY keyboard below the screen. The keys could be
larger, because there is a large gap in the middle between the
two halves that could have been used to make all the keys
slightly larger and better spaced. And if the keys weren't
positioned in so far from each side of the unit, this would have
given even more space; in total, there's perhaps 1.5" of wasted
To navigate through menus
and pages, there is a clickable scroll wheel and highlight strip
on the right hand side of the screen. This is a clear
example of a klutzy interface that could have been made much
more sophisticated - instead of an old-fashioned clickable
scroll wheel that moves the indicator on the highlight strip,
why not make the highlight strip touch sensitive, and just run
your finger to where you want to select, and tap your finger to
make the selection?
Indeed, why not replace the
clickable buttons on the sides of the unit with touch sensitive
controls as well?
Hopefully you won't often
have to look at the back of the unit, because it is even uglier
than the front. While the good news is the battery is
user-replaceable, the bad news is there's a klutzy old-fashioned
style friction fit battery cover that spans most of the back of
the unit. There's no obvious reason why it has to be so
large, because when you remove it, most of what is uncovered is
just another layer of plastic covering that protects the inner
You also need to remove the
back cover to access the SD slot. While you probably won't
regularly be swapping SD cards in and out of the unit, it is
disappointing that you need to take the unit out of its cover,
remove its back, and power the unit off before
removing/replacing the SD card.
Other reviewers have
compared the Kindle variously to a Commodore 64 or an Apple II.
This fairly conveys the Kindle's feeling of un-stylish 'retro'
design, making it reminiscent of something designed in a hurry,
on a limited budget, and with limited resources and only very
basic manufacturing capabilities, 30 years ago.
All in all, the Kindle's
design is intrusive and dysfunctional, making it less pleasant
and more difficult to use the unit. It is a matter of
astonishment that a company the size of Amazon, with presumably
close to unlimited resources, and with a product they've been
working on for three years (the original iPod took something
like three months from concept to release), has ended up
releasing such a dog of a design.
The Kindle's Cover
Inside is the unit itself
and a protective cover made out of a sturdy leatherette
material. A nice thing about this cover is an elastic
strap that can be used to keep the cover shut, protecting the Kindle and its screen inside.
But the cover is thick and
ungainly, poorly designed and constructed. It adds greatly
(and unnecessarily) to the overall size of the unit in its
cover, and instead of the elastic strap, a 'higher-tech'
approach may have been to use a magnetic closure. When
reading the unit, it is best to fold the cover around to the
back of the unit, and the stiffness and thickness of the cover
make this difficult to do.
You certainly wouldn't want
to have the unit outside of its cover - the screen is probably
fragile and could be either scratched or broken if not
protected, and the cover also promises to absorb some of the
shock/damage if you drop the unit.
The unit fits strangely into
the cover, with a sticking up bit of the cover wedging into a
slot in the battery cover on the back of the unit itself.
On repeated occasions, attempting to ensure the unit was anchored correctly
resulted in the battery cover coming off the bottom of the
Kindle and the unit then being free to slip and slide without
A battery cover that falls
off? Surely a classic example of bad design, and
completely out of place on a $400 up-market luxury gadget.
It is apparently important
to use the thick elastic strap to retain the unit in its cover -
one time I failed to do this and when I retrieved the unit from
my computer bag an hour and some miles later, it had fallen out
of the cover.
Overall, the cover is
essential for its protective role, but is woefully pathetic in
its design and functionality.
Using the Kindle
Basic Book Reading
It is surprising just how
functional and convenient regular 'old fashioned' printed books
actually are. Most of the time, we simply want to read a
book, turning page after page, and occasionally, we want to mark
our place in the book, or jump ahead or backwards.
Sometimes we want to skim through the book to find something
we're looking for, and perhaps there is a contents or an index
to help us use the book most effectively (particularly reference
Some types of books
definitely benefit from illustrations (eg recipe books, design
So how are these functions
handled with the Kindle? Reasonably well. You can
certainly page forwards and backwards, a page at a time, by
pushing the Next Page and Previous Page buttons. But if
you want to skip ahead a chapter, there's no way to do that.
And if you want to indulge yourself and read the last chapter
first, you can't do that, either.
If the book has a formal
chapter or contents list, you can go there and then directly
access each separate chapter or section. You can also
create a series of bookmarks and then call up a list of them and
go directly to any of those. Bookmarks are identified by a
location number (sort of something like a page number) and the
first few words that appear at the top of the page. It is
a shame you can't edit the bookmark identifiers, because often
the first few words at the top of a page give you no clue,
sometime later, as to what it was or why you bookmarked that
You can also search for
words or phrases, and the searching (remarkably quick) will
search all the books on the Kindle, returning you three line
excerpts from each book where the word or phrase occurs, and
allowing you to then directly click to that selected page.
A big weakness of this unit
and its Sony competitor is the inability to show good quality
images. It only displays a few shades of grey, and no
color, in images, so any type of illustrations get mangled and
are disappointing to look at.
The Kindle doesn't use the
concept of pages to show where you are in a book. Sony's
PRS-500 retains the concept of pages, even if they are somewhat
less relevant in an eBook compared to a traditional book, and
renumbers them depending on if you are using a small, medium or large
font (which means of course more or fewer words per page and
therefore more or less pages per book).
The Kindle merely
has a progress bar along the bottom of the page that shows how
far through the book you are, plus gives you a puzzling
reference to locations on that page, whatever that might mean.
Navigating forwards and
backwards is sometimes easy, but be careful you don't get the
buttons confused and hit the 'Back' button instead of the
'Previous' button. The 'Back' button may take you out of
the reading mode entirely, whereas the 'Previous' button safely
does what its name implies, and takes you back one page.
Perhaps the biggest problem
I had in reading with the unit was how to hold it. The
unit would either fall out of its cover or I'd take it out of
the unwieldy cover, but when holding the unit, there's almost
nowhere along the edges to hold it that doesn't run the risk of
clicking one of the four Next, Back, or Previous buttons that
run along most of the unit's two long edges.
On the face of it, eBooks
would be a brilliant way to replace big heavy short lived and
very expensive regular text books. Wouldn't it be
wonderful for students to go to and from school carrying only an
eBook reader rather than a bag full of bulky heavy books!
And for short print run text
books that sometimes are reprinted and revised each year, you'd
think and hope there could be massive savings by distributing
electronic text books is
not yet a practical concept, due to limitations in how the
Kindle (and other eBook readers) allow you to read and work with
the information in a book.
When you're reading a normal
book, you typically start at page one and work your way through
to the end, page by page. This is the easiest type of
scenario for the Kindle to duplicate.
Now think about how you use
a text or reference book. This is a lot more interactive than
simply reading a novel sequentially from cover to cover. With a
text book, you jump about, mark places, add comments, highlight
bits, and so on and so forth. This is much much harder to do
with an eBook, although not entirely impossible.
Perhaps the most difficult
thing to duplicate with a single eBook reader is what I
typically do when researching something with text books - I'll
have two or three or more books all open at the same time.
With a single eBook reader, you can only show one book at a
time. Unlike an internet browser on a computer, you can't
have multiple windows open at the same time and quickly jump
from window to window in a single instantaneous keystroke -
perhaps this might be something Amazon will consider for a
future version of the software or hardware.
However, you can add
highlighting (rather discreetly, and only in one form, not like
the rainbow of colored markers some people use on books) and can
also add comments to selected lines of text. But you can't
see the comments side by side with the text, when you're reading
through the text you just see an indicator alongside that tells
you there are comments available to read.
Some clever extra features
In addition to being able to
search for words and phrases on stored books, you also have an
option to search Wikipedia, the internet as a whole (through
Google), or the Kindle book store on Amazon for the term.
The seamless extension of the Kindle reader into/onto the
internet as a whole is a powerful enhancement that definitely
adds value to the process.
Another nice feature is
being able to get dictionary definitions for any word you read.
The Kindle comes complete with a pre-loaded dictionary - the New
Oxford American Dictionary, and if you prefer a different
dictionary, you can hopefully buy a Kindle version of it, load
it onto your unit, and tell the unit to use the new dictionary
for returning you word definitions.
The dictionary will only
define less common words on a selected line of text, and these
words seem to have more common meanings ignored. For
example, on the line of text
interspersed with sessions with
it returned definitions for
meeting, intersperse, and Sessions, with the latter definition
surprisingly being information about Roger Sessions, an American classical
The Wireless Data Service
One of the currently unique
features of the Kindle is its included 'free' wireless service,
with the largely unnecessary name of 'Whispernet'.
This is used to wirelessly transfer content from Amazon to the
Kindle, and is also used to enable the device to provide some
limited functionality as an internet access point, both to
various directly linked services, and also to any other website url you might wish to type in.
The data access operates on
Sprint's data network (part of their cell phone service), and
works most quickly on their high speed EVDO service, but still
perfectly satisfactorily on their slower, older, 1XRTT service.
EVDO service can run, in a
best case scenario, at speeds in excess of 1 Mbit/sec (Sprint
says an average of 600kbps - 1.4Mbps). At such a speed, an
800kB book could transfer in less than ten seconds.
1XRTT service typically runs
at a speed of 144 kbits/sec or less (Sprint says an average of
50 - 70 kbps). At these speeds, an 800kB book would
transfer in about a minute.
You can see where in the
country Sprint provides coverage with its networks on
This is great if you're
somewhere Sprint provides coverage. But it is very
disappointing if you're out of range, or out of the country -
the device doesn't roam outside the US.
Amazon said it considered
using other types of wireless data access (notably Wi-Fi) but
decided the better coverage provided by Sprint (in some of the
country, but not everywhere) was more convenient for more
potential users. From my perspective, in the Seattle
region, that was a good decision; your perspective may vary
depending on the extent of Sprint's far from universal coverage.
Of course, if you're outside
Sprint's coverage, you can still download content to the unit,
through your computer. This isn't as convenient, but it is
Free Data Service?
We're all taught - and
rightly so - to be suspicious of anything that claims to be
In the case of the Kindle,
some elements truly are free, others simply have the costs
obscured. For sure, Amazon has probably agreed to pay
Sprint a very low cost per Mb of data transferred, so there is
an underlying cost that needs to be recovered.
In the cost of buying a book
or magazine or even getting a blog feed, the cost of the
'delivery' of the data is included in the cost of the item
you're purchasing. This is probably part of the reason why
Amazon is charging for access to otherwise free blogs.
Amazon is probably paying between 5c - 20c a MB of data
transferred over Sprint's network.
But if you're using the free
internet browser service, this truly is getting you internet
access for free. Sure, it is not very convenient, and the
browser is very basic and doesn't do a good job on most
formatted websites these days, but it is free web browsing that,
with a bit of planning, can be made to be of some use.
So how can Amazon survive,
offering a service for free that it has to, in turn, pay money
to Sprint for? My guess is that the free web service is
currently a 'loss leader'; if Amazon finds that it is having to
pay a disproportionate sum to Sprint for free web browsing,
compared to the revenue it is getting from content sales, then
look for Amazon to limit or start charging for this service.
Another factor could be that
if there was a very large number of Kindles sold and used,
Sprint would start to experience some network congestion such
that, instead of selling otherwise unused spare capacity, the
Kindle usage starts to be a significant part of its base
capacity, and in such a case, Sprint will have to charge extra
to fairly cover its costs.
In other words, enjoy it
while you can, because it probably won't be free for ever.
One of my major objections
to the Sony PRS-500 was its unreliable and always too short
battery life. The Sony battery seems to rapidly discharge
on its own, and even when freshly and fully charged, can be good
for as few as 2800 electronic pages, with each electronic page
being as little as a third of a regular page. In other
words, the Sony eBook reader can run out of charge after
displaying the equivalent of a couple of 450 page regular books
- not nearly enough for a series of long flights and boring
waits in airport terminals.
Does the Kindle offer more
battery life, the same, or less? Amazon
makes it as difficult as possible to answer that question.
The only relevant and
meaningful measurement of battery life is page turns - how many
pages of material can the unit display before the battery is
exhausted. This is the best measure for two reasons -
first, it tracks the key variable that matter to users, and
second, page turns closely correlate to battery usage/life (the
E Ink display only uses power to turn pages, not to display
them, so - in theory - an eBook reader like the Sony or Amazon units will
provide similar battery life whether you read pages
very quickly or very slowly).
Unfortunately, Amazon has
refused to reveal the unit's page turn life. Instead, it
uses meaningless measurements - it should last for two days with
the wireless data service switched on, or a week with it
But, what does this mean to
you and I? The expectation of a week's battery life - does
this assume we read 100 pages a day or 1000 pages a day?
I attempted to get an
otherwise helpful and friendly Customer Support person to answer
that question for me, but, alas, his answers were nonsense.
He stumbled and tried to suggest it was based on 8 hours of
usage a day, but had no idea what sort of usage that was in
terms of page turns. Suggesting it would last for 8 hours
of use a day for one week is, alas, utter nonsense.
It seemed safe to assume
that, if Amazon refuses to quote meaningful battery life data,
then that probably means the battery life is very poor and
inferior to that of the Sony unit. And so, with very low
expectations, I proceeded to test the unit, turning page after
page, from a full charge all the way to battery exhaustion.
And my exhaustion, too.
Amazingly, in this first
test, Amazon appeared to be hiding
its light under a bushel. The Kindle has excellent battery
life, and way better than the Sony unit. I got 8430 page
turns from the unit, with wireless off, and doing almost nothing
other than turning pages. While this is not the way you're
likely to use the unit, and so your page turn count will be
lower, it is the same way I tested the Sony unit, and so, in
round figures, it is fair to say the Amazon unit offers almost
twice the battery life of the Sony unit.
But - maybe there is a
hidden further factor. Although the E Ink display uses no
power to maintain a displayed image, there's a fair amount of
computer processing power 'under the hood' of a Kindle.
Perhaps a slower page turn rate, with more power burned by the
idling processor, might reveal a lower total page turn capacity?
And so I proceeded to test
the unit again, this time with 'slower' page turns. How
slow is slow? I didn't scientifically determine that, and
am now redoing the test a third time to try and get some consistently
in terms of page turns per minute. This third test assumes
pages are read and turned at a rate of 3 pages/minute.
There is an enormous difference in page turn
Test 1 - Quick
Test 2 - Slow
Test 3 - 3
1 bar lost
2 bars lost
3 bars lost
the unit uses an appreciable amount of power, just while it is
on, even if it isn't turning pages, and even with the radio
section turned off, and so battery life becomes
a more complicated combination of page turns and time with the
unit powered on, even if it is doing nothing.
Although in the best case
(but unrealistic) scenario, the Kindle trounces Sony's page turn
capability, when we get closer to real world scenarios, the
Kindle falls dismally flat on its face. No wonder Amazon
has chosen to obfuscate on the subject of the battery life in
I'll continue to update this information
as I test the battery life in more scenarios.
Impacts of the wireless data
service on battery life
One thing is clear from
Amazon's obtuse disclosures on battery life. The wireless
data service will reduce your expected life by at least
threefold (ie from a week of use to two days of use).
Just like with a cell phone,
the impact on battery life from the wireless transceiver in the
unit will vary depending on if you're in a strong or weak signal
area, and on how much data you transfer (a bit like how a cell
phone will last very much longer on standby compared to when
you're actually talking on the phone).
Because of the massive
impact on battery life caused by the data service, we suggest
you turn it off (switch on the back) and leave it off except for
when you need to receive new downloads (books, magazines, etc).
Because the downloading is so quick, there's no need to leave
the wireless on all the time - simply turn it on when needed,
get your downloads (less than a minute for an entire book) then
turn it off again as soon as it is finished. A shame that
Amazon didn't put this switch somewhere more reachable than on
the back of the unit, obscured by the cover.
Another clever concept that
Amazon could have considered, but plainly didn't, was to have
the radio unit switch on and off on a timer - perhaps you could
set it to turn on every morning five minutes before you wake up
to download new copies of any newspapers, magazines, blogs, etc,
that you subscribe to, then turn itself off again automatically
after completing the transfers.
Battery charging and
The Kindle is powered by a
3.7V Lithium Polymer battery with a 1530 mAh capacity. The
very good news is the battery can be replaced by yourself
without needing any special tools, and without needing to send
the unit away to a factory repair center. Replacement
batteries are sold on Amazon for $19.95 each.
The bad news is that the
battery doesn't have contact connectors but rather has a wiring
harness that leads to a micro-connector block inside the unit
itself. This seems like unnecessary over-engineering, and
disconnecting it is not an easy process, which rather argues
against the strategy of buying a spare battery or two to take
with you when traveling and anticipating using the unit for many
hours between charging opportunities.
Now for the inexplicably
stupid limitation. Unlike most other devices that use the
nearly universal 3.7V Lithium rechargeable battery concept and
which also have a USB port, the Kindle will not recharge itself
from the USB port. One of the key concepts of the USB
design specification was to provide a built in source of power,
both to power free-standing USB devices and also to be used to
recharge USB devices that have built in 3.7V Lithium batteries.
Instead, Amazon are
unnecessarily forcing us to pack yet another power supply with
us when we travel. Remember, the Kindle is an expensive $360 device - there's no reason why Amazon couldn't
have spent perhaps 20¢ more (and probably less) in manufacturing
to enable it to recharge through the USB port. Shame on
Amazon for this omission.
The battery charge indicator
shows five different states from full to empty charge.
When the charge gets very low, the unit automatically switches
off the wireless service to save on power.
It takes approximately two
hours to recharge the unit.
Firmware and updates
Here's a very surprising
thing. As of 3 May, 2008, there hasn't been a single
update to the Kindle firmware (my unit, which was probably part
of the first manufacturing batch because I ordered it the day
the units came on sale, is using version 1.0.4). Either
Amazon got everything incredibly perfect to start with, or is
being surprisingly slow in maintaining, updating, and enhancing
It also seems there have
been no updates to their 'Experimental Features' section, in
particular their very basic web browser remains as very basic as
it was back in November.
In view of Amazon's claimed
over-riding priority of developing its Kindle product range, and
the very open ended architecture and capabilities of the unit,
to see no progress in five months is both surprising and
Read more about the Kindle and
Sony eBook Readers
We continue and
complete our review of the Kindle
here. Also our review of the
Kindle 2 Preview here
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