I ordered the Amazon Kindle 3 as I’d like to jumpstart my reading routine that has been long stalled. I admit I didn’t even think about buying one ever since Amazon introduced the first ever e-book. Upon receiving the Kindle via post ,I said to myself, “Where were you all my life?”
I purchased the 189 USD (1473 HKD) Kindle 3 with 3G/ Wi-fi capabilities. When I unboxed it, I was surprised how light and compact it is at 8.7 ounces. I chose the Graphite color version and I immediately noticed the high contrast fonts and images on its 6 inch screen. I also love the E-Ink Pearl technology especially that I’m in front of the computer a lot and the last thing I need is an eye strain.
Page turning is a breeze. Just press the side buttons and the next or previous page appears in a fraction of a second.
I noticed that the QWERTY keys are smaller than the previous generation Kindle. I find myself sometimes accidentally pressing other keys. The same thing with the 5 way controller on the right hand side. I would sometimes accidentally press either the Menu or Back buttons. Not much of a big issue really.I’ve decided to take my Kindle to a coffee shop. I am still waiting for my lighted cover so in the meantime I bought a temporary pink leather cover from Wanchai Computer center.
I tested out the 3G/ Wi-Fi functionality and I love that I can browse the net and shop in the Kindle Store even without Wi-fi. (Another model Kindle 3 Wi-Fi only has Wi-fi capability. Priced at 139 USD). In my opinion, the 3G/Wi-fi version is more favorable considering that I can check the internet for free even without wi-fi access. I even tried checking my Gmail account in my recent trip to Macau and it was flawless!
Battery life is outstanding. Just make sure you turn the wireless off if you don’t need it and battery can last as long as 3-4 weeks without recharging! If you ever need to have the battery serviced, you will have to send it back to Amazon and they’re usually going to send you a replacement.
I have few minor gripes….I just wish that Amazon would have included the short cut keys on their User’s guide. I had to search in the internet for the short cut keys or sometimes just figure them out on my own. I also realize that PDF handling is sluggish. For me, they’re not deal breakers.
Reading the posts of fans of the Kindle Facebook page, I read that the customer service is outstanding.
I have to say I’m now a serial “Kindler”As much as I love the feel and look of the real book, I can never trade it for the convenience of bringing around a compact device in my purse and the speed of downloading a book in under 60 seconds. Now waiting in queue lines is no longer a bore and a chore.
More useful links:
Buy the Amazon Kindle from Hong Kong here. Not from HK? Simply choose your country from the drop down menu.
www.facebook.com/kindle- For useful links and tips for your Kindle. Plus…book recommendations from avid Kindlers! I asked a lot of questions on this Facebook page and I receive very helpful advice from other Kindle fans.
www.pixelofink.com- I love visiting this site and it’s Facebook page! I’m always in search of Free and Bargain ebooks. Some free books, however, may not be free for Kindlers outside of the US so you always have to double check.
www.smashwords.com- Another website with Free and Bargain ebooks from Indie authors. I love that you can download the books in different formats so you can read them on your PC and other devices if you don’t have a Kindle.
Free Kindle Books and Other Tips- An interactive blog by Michael Gallagher that you can subscribe to for .99 cents a month. Lots of insider tips, tricks and information about free Kindle books and using your Kindle. So worth it!
Got any Kindle tips or comments? Or you simply want to show your LOVE to your Kindle? Feel free to drop me a comment below!
COMING UP SOON: “My take on the Amazon Kindle Lighted Cover” .