Review: The Amazon Kindle WiFi

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I warned everyone this might happen, and it did. I couldn’t resist and purchased a Kindle WiFi at $139. I didn’t opt for the $114 version because I figured it’s worth the extra $25 not to see any ads.

Despite owning an iPad and the Sony Reader Pocket Edition, I’ve been muling the idea of buying a Kindle for a while and finally decided to take the plunge and continue to feed my gadget addiction.

First Impressions

I bought my Kindle at the local Target store down the road. Why didn’t I order directly from Amazon? I didn’t have the patience to wait two whole days for shipping. And in the immortal words of my wife: “I don’t have the patience to learn patience.”

The Kindle comes nicely packaged in a brown box. Opening the box revealed my new shiny eReader. The front and back of the device are covered with protective plastic.

I fired up my laptop so I could log in to my Amazon account. While I was waiting for my laptop to warm up, I removed the plastic and turned on the Kindle. It took a few moments to boot up. It then proceeded to walk me through registering my new Kindle.

The process was fairly easy. I only got hung up on entering my house’s WiFi password. Totally my fault and had nothing to do with the Kindle. The small keyboard is surprisingly easy to use. It is kind of annoying to have to press the “Symbol” key to type in numbers, but it’s not a deal breaker.

Once I logged into my account on the Kindle and got the WiFi working, I entered the Kindle’s serial number in my Amazon account on my computer. Boom! Set up complete!

I was pleased to see that all the books I had on my iPad’s Kindle app transferred to my device. Everything was all ready to go!

I immediately went to the Kindle store to browse for ebooks. The navigation is easy and intuitive. I had no problems finding what I was looking for – in my case, Elin Hilderbrand books (yes, I like her. Don’t laugh).

Reading On The Kindle WiFi

Reading is a joy on this device. The text is crisp, with plenty of contrast between the text and background. This is by far the best e-ink display I’ve ever seen on an ebook reader.

If that’s not enough for you, then you can adjust the text settings: Everything from the text size to the spacing between lines. I personally think the latter goes a little far. But this allows for a very personalized reading experience.

Turning the page is instantaneous. In fact, it took me by surprise when I was reading in bed the other night. It will take some getting used to. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not complaining.

The only annoyance I found is the progress bar on the bottom of the screen. I have yet to find a way to make it disappear while I’m reading, if that’s possible. Maybe one of you veteran Kindle users can help me out here.

Final Thoughts

The Kindle is a solid, user-friendly eReader. I’m not saying it’s perfect; there always improvements that can be made.

In the few days I’ve had my Kindle I’ve loved reading with it at night. Even the little things, like having the page turning buttons on both sides of the Kindle makes a huge difference in reading comfort (in fairness, the Nook also has those buttons on either side as well.).

I’m predicting I’ll be reading a lot of ebooks on my Kindle. I’m also predicting that my days of buying print books are just about over.

The future is here and I’m embracing it to the fullest.

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