26 August 2010 ~ 7 Comments

Amazon Kindle 3 – Why It Rocks

In my previous Kindle (2nd generation) review, I called it the cheddar cheese on my omelet and the whipped cream on top of my frappuccino. Can’t beat that – or can you? Hmmm… my favorite cold frappe is the caramel kind. If you are very lucky, the barista will drizzle a little extra caramel on top of the whipped cream. Yeah, the 3rd generation is kind of like that caramel. When you see it, you cannot believe your luck and you cannot decide if you should dive right in or take your time and savor it… Amazon has outdone themselves with the new generation. Wow. Wow. Wow. I opted for the wifi only version because I’m rarely without a hotspot and I don’t need to use the browser on the go or download a book in a moving car or anything ๐Ÿ™‚

I think you can read the description for yourself so I’ll concentrate on the differences. But, overall, reading on a Kindle is like nothing you imagine it will be. I always said that I would never get one. I wanted to keep my paper books and couldn’t believe someone would want to read on that computer thing. Now I’m one of the biggest “enablers” of the Kindle. This thing gave my mother back the ability to read all books again (her eyesight is not what it used to be and you can adjust the font from tiny to very large – this is also great for me when I read in bed. I don’t have to wear my glasses!). It also allowed me to clean up some of the stuff in my house. I used to hoard books. I still do, but they all fit in one little bitty Kindle now and not on the shelf, under the bed, in drawers, etc etc. But again… the differences, as I see ’em….

Changes from the K2 to the K3 include:

  1. Compared with the K2, it feel so tiny and light. The difference is actually small, but it feels so small and light in the hand that I had to lay them side by side to satisfy myself that I didn’t get some super secret new tiny Kindle. Hey, it’s possible that good old Jeff Bezos wanted me to have the K4 here folks!
  2. The next thing I noticed is that I couldn’t figure out how to turn the darn thing on. They moved the slider to the bottom. Okay, not loving that, it feels more awkward, but I’m going with the assumption that I won’t notice after a few days. Also at the bottom, the charger light is brighter, small change.
  3. I thought the text was super crisp on my previous Kindle. Nay. Wow. This is SO MUCH darker. I’m actually shocked at the difference, it’s really very significant. I was hemming and hawing over upgrading but this alone makes it work the price of the upgrade. I’d seen photos online, but you simply cannot understand until you see it. It’s a huge difference. Did I mention you can choose between 3 fonts? Yeah baby!
  4. Gone is the HOME button the right side of the Kindle. FINALLY. I cannot tell you how many times, after 18 months of use, I STILL wanted to use that button to go to the previous page. Bye-bye to my button nemesis! WooHoooooo!! It is replaced with slimmer Next and Previous buttons that are just arrows. I’m still getting used to this as I’m used to pushing slightly inward to change the page, but after several pages, I adapted pretty well.
  5. Gone is the joystick. I should say that I didn’t hate the joystick. I always thought it was fine. A little finicky, but just fine. What they have given us now is a little four way pad with the select in the middle. I thought this would be a little difficult to navigate, but nope, I have yet to have it go where I didn’t want it to go. Fabulous! Along with that the Menu, Back and Home keys are now arranged around the little pad. All very well laid out. It is bit of an adjustment, but just taking the time to get my books settled back in was enough for me to get used to it and I don’t even notice it.
  6. The keyboard thingy… there has been a little bit of tension in the kindle community about this. Some people are pretty peeved that the number keys are gone. Me? I don’t care, you just press the SYM key now to get to them. I don’t use the keyboard very often and the numbers even less often so perhaps that’s why I don’t care. It also leaves a little space between the screen and the keyboard for me to put a little label about what to do if it’s lost, but that’s my own reasons. I don’t see anything wrong with them being gone myself. BUT the keys are GREAT. Pressing them is much easier than on the K2. Oh, you aren’t going to be typing 50 words per minute (or even 20) but it’s a much more pleasurable experience.
  7. The back is … a little more “grippy” now – not like rubberized or anything, but it’s not slick. Gone is the shiny back. I almost missed this because I always read my kindle in a cover/case so I don’t really have an opinion. I guess it’s good if you read your Kindle naked (which makes me quite… uncomfortable)

Overall this is a GREAT upgrade. I knew I’d like it, but I honestly didn’t think I’d be THIS impressed by it. Seriously, get one. So worth it!

Kindle is our #1 bestselling item for two years running. Itโ€™s also the most-wished-for, most-gifted, and has the most 5-star reviews of any product on Amazon. Now it’s even better.

* All-New, High-Contrast E-Ink Screen โ€“ 50% better contrast than any other e-reader
* Read in Bright Sunlight โ€“ No glare
* New and Improved Fonts โ€“ New crisper, darker fonts
* New Sleek Design โ€“ 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6″ size reading area
* 17% Lighter โ€“ Only 8.5 ounces, weighs less than a paperback
* Battery Life of Up to One Month โ€“ A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off
* Double the Storage โ€“ Up to 3,500 Books
* Built-In Wi-Fi โ€“ Shop and download books in less than 60 seconds
* 20% Faster Page Turns โ€“ Seamless reading
* Enhanced PDF Reader โ€“ With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights
* New WebKit-Based Browser โ€“ Browse the web over Wi-Fi (experimental)

Rating: ★★★★★

7 Responses to “Amazon Kindle 3 – Why It Rocks”

  1. Cindi 26 August 2010 at 10:07 pm Permalink

    You’re making me lust after it even more! *drool*

  2. Lisa@put-it-on-the-list 26 August 2010 at 10:49 pm Permalink

    So now I guess you and I will have to go to lunch with Gary again for the K1, K2, K3 DX comparison. That would make for an interesting blog post (you’ll have to do that; I gave up blogging for, like, 2010). When should we do that?
    Lisa@put-it-on-the-listยดs last blog post ..Stories from Reunion Weekend- Leaving Town

  3. Lanel 26 August 2010 at 11:55 pm Permalink

    You just wait until you’re driving 70 MPH across Nowhere WA and you don’t like the book you’re reading….then you’ll wish you had Whispernet. It comes in handy. LOL

    But, seriously, you are the worst enabler ever. But, I’m sure my mom will be going home with my old Kindle when she visits in October.

  4. Pat Zappavigna 27 August 2010 at 5:40 am Permalink

    I will vouch for Candy being an enabler ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s the reason I have a kindle, and my husband loves her for it!

    I was also a book hoarder, and will still read my old favs in paper form, but love, love, love my kindle.

    I’m right with you on that “home” key Candy – can’t tell you how many times I’ve wound up at the home menu when I meant to turn a page *chuckle*.

    I guess the K3 just found its way to my wish list…

  5. Candy 27 August 2010 at 11:08 am Permalink

    @Cindi – just go buy it… you’ll feel better ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Lisa – *laughing* Any time – email me and we’ll figure it out. You didn’t order a K3 yet, girl? Get with it!

    @Lanel – Heh, I keep about 300 on there “to be read” at any given time so I think I’m okay. I’m sure there will be a few times I’ll wish I had it, but, for $50, it’s not important. Austin is like one big hot spot ๐Ÿ˜‰ You should go ahead and buy now… they’re not shipping until Sept 17, ya know!

    @Pat – Heh, I suspect I know what you’re getting for xmas! You’ve been a good girl, right?

  6. Lauren Hidden 28 August 2010 at 10:19 am Permalink

    Well, you twisted my arm. I’m ordering mine now. I think I will most enjoy the ink contrast…hopefully it works for PDFs too. Sometimes authors send me PDFs to review books and the font is sometimes light (not to mention small, but you can adjust the font size on PDFs on the new Kindle, right?).

    Ed is getting my old one. He better actually use it LOL.

  7. Candy 28 August 2010 at 11:20 am Permalink

    @Lauren – Yay! You will not regret it. It’s awesome. I actually read for an extended time on it last night and OMG. The difference is amazing. Amazon took a great product and made it… well greater ๐Ÿ™‚

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