Amazon Kindle wireless reading device Video
With tablets and smartphones blurring the lines of what it means to be an e-reader, the Amazon Kindle still stands strong against the competition.
The Amazon Kindle is lightweight, stylish e-book reader with the ability to download new books over a wireless EV-DO network.
Sony's third-generation e-book reader may not have wireless capabilities like the Amazon Kindle, but it's got a touch screen and a built-in reading light.
The improved screen, more compact design, and better battery life make the third-generation Kindle a very appealing e-book reader at an affordable price.
The Kindle Touch is one of the best full-featured e-book readers you can get for $99.
Want to read more than just ebooks on your Kindle? Amazon's Send To Kindle will make it easy to upload any text document to your ereader, and Veronica shows you how it works on today's Tekzilla Daily.
The next Apple iPhone gets an announcement date on next Tuesday, October 4th, Amazon announces new low-priced Kindle e-readers that also include touch-capable models, plus Amazon changes the tablet game with their $199 Kindle Fire with color touchscreen.
While it has a hard time competing with Apple's iPad in terms of functionality, the less expensive 2010 Kindle DX will appeal to those looking for a large, dedicated e-reader with an E-ink display.
Barnes & Noble's new e-ink e-reader costs the same ($119) as the Kindle PaperWhite, is lighter at 6.2 ounces, and has an improved lighting scheme.
Is this the eBook reader that will kill paper, or is it just another pretender?
Amazon Kindle (global wireless, 2009 version) Review
The good: Large library of tens of thousands of e-books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs via Amazon's familiar online store; built-in free wireless "Whispernet" data network that works in the U.S. and some countries abroad (no PC needed); built-in keyboard for notes; with 2GB of internal memory, it's capable of storing 1,500 electronic books; font size is adjustable; good battery life; displays image files, and plays MP3 and AAC audio; compatible with Windows and Mac machines; Text-to-Speech feature allows you to have text read to you aloud; text appears slightly darker on this model than on the earlier U.S.-only version.
The bad: No Wi-Fi; no expansion slot for adding more memory; no protective carrying case included; battery is sealed into the device and isn't removable; isn't compatible with loaner e-books from your local library that use the ePub format; if you're using the wireless service overseas, you're charged extra fees for downloading full books and periodicals.
The bottom line: While the new internationalized Kindle looks exactly like the earlier U.S.-only model, this e-reader, which uses AT&T's data network for wireless access, represents an incremental improvement to the Kindle line--just as serious competition is ramping up in the e-book market.
Amazon Kindle (global wireless, 2009 version) Specs
Part number: D00701