This product review article is about the Kindle 2 second generation Kindle Keyboard 3G model. You can’t go wrong with whichever model you choose. It all depends on what you are looking for and how you will use this amazing device. The Kindle keyboard, which is the one I am reviewing right now, the Kindle Touch, and the basic Kindle all have a 6″ display screen.
The typeface is crisp and sharp and the contrast reads like that of text on paper with no eye-strain. The oldest of the three is the Kindle Keyboard. The Kindle Keyboard is ideal for the avid reader who enjoys reading every day. There really is no need to upgrade since the quality of the reading experience has not changed. So, if you decide to buy this model, you won’t be slighted in quality because it is not as expensive as the newer models.
The only real significant difference with the newer models is that page turning is faster and smoother. You have plenty of room to store hundreds of books. Plus, you get access to the Amazon Cloud for FREE where you can store books you have read or you don’t need to have on your device. Restoring them on your Kindle is real easy regardless of which model you own.
If you need technical support in using your new Kindle, Amazon has excellent customer service just for Kindle users. But you probably would need little tech support since the device is so easy to use and navigate. The Kindle 2 is very fast and responsive. The refresh speed when you turn a page is very fast. When you move the cursor around the screen to choose a book from your library or to choose a chapter from the table of contents is very quick.
Kindle 2 is easy on the eyes in a well-lit room and you can read for hours. But if you enjoy reading in low-light, you may get uncomfortable or experience a light headache. If you like to read in bed at night or in dim-light conditions, you might consider upgrading to the Kindle 3 or Kindle Fire. The Kindle 2 has a long battery life. It lasts about 2-3 weeks before needing a charge.
Your battery will need to be replaced after about 3 years. Amazon’s policy is for you to ship it to them for replacement. But, they will ship you a DIFFERENT Kindle than the one you sent them. It’s the same make and model of course but you will receive a REFURBISHED one in return.
You may not like this. To remedy this, look online for companies that sell the Kindle batteries with how-to videos on how to change the battery yourself. This will void your warranty for the Kindle but the battery will outlast the warranty anyway.
The Kindle 2 is very light weight. You can hold it in one hand for extended reading sessions and not get tired. It also comes with 4GB of memory which should be plenty of room to store your favorite e-books and newspapers. If you need more disk space, there is no way to expand it.
But if you only use the Kindle for reading, 4GB is plenty. I have at least 100 or more e-books on my Kindle and I still have scores of room to spare. When you have exhausted your memory, you can delete the books you have already read. And when you want them again, you can restore them for free.
Although the Kindle 2 is mainly for reading, it does come with a web-browser and Mp3 player. Don’t get too excited, these two features are not a high selling point. If you like the iPod shuffle, then you won’t mind not being able to see what song is playing nor will you be able to navigate to other songs on this Kindle.
The browser on this device doesn’t work the best because the e-Ink technology is not a good fit for browsing the Internet. You’ll have a better experience browsing the web on your iPod touch or Smartphone.
Like I stated earlier, the Kindle 2 is ideal for people who are avid readers who enjoy reading e-books. It is light weight, easy and an enjoyable device to use. It was designed solely as an e-reader and it does the job impeccably.