First, a word of full disclosure: I own a Kindle2. My purchase of the Kindle prompted us to give one to my father-in-law for his 80th birthday. My brother-in-law also bought one and now I have purchased one for my wife for Christmas (she knows!). So I represent a Kindle family that enjoys reading books and likes their Kindles. Here are 7 reasons why you should choose the Kindle:
1) It’s been around long enough to have been tested and reviewed. I bought my Kindle back in February when the next generation Kindle first became available. Prior to that the original Kindle had been on the market for an extended period. This time period allowed for plenty of feedback, testing, and improvements. As of today the Nook still isn’t available to even try out in the stores.
2) Kindle’s WhisperNet is better than Wifi. With iPad’s wifi you have to be in a hot zone (or for the Nook you have to be in a B & N store). Not so with Kindle. The signal is available throughout the Sprint network and it’s FREE! You will pay more – much, much more – for this feature on th iPad.
3) Its capacity is huge! I can’t imagine ever storing 1,500 books on my Kindle but I’m glad that I can. It means that I never have to travel with a briefcase full of books again. The Sony Reader doesn’t even come close.
4) The book selection is just about endless. You do not have to buy your books through Amazon. The Kindle will read pdf formats and there is an easy conversion to have access to google’s half-a-million FREE ePub books available at A Kindle World blog.
5) Kindle offers real permanent sharing. The Nook’s sharing feature allows you to share a book just one time with one other Nook for just two weeks and never again – IF the publisher allows sharing for their book (most do not). With my Kindle I can share books on up to five devices on the same account. So my wife and I can share an ebook just like we would share a printed book. Again, follow the directions from A Kindle World blog.
6) Kindle does have a web browser. It’s pretty slow and somewhat limited but while on a recent trip to San Francisco I was able to look up some information for a church we wanted to visit. I didn’t have my laptop with me so without the Kindle I would have had to pay a fee at the hotel business center just to log in to their computer. The Kindle’s browser really came through for us. No other ereader has this feature.
7) Battery life. I don’t know how they do it but the battery life is just amazing – much longer than my cell phone or ipod. My experience is that it will last about a week if I’m just reading – longer if I shut it down completely when I won’t be reading for an extended period.
Three things that would make the Kindle even better.
1. A color touch-screen would be great someday but not if it slows things down or drains the battery life (like the Nook or iPad).
2. A non-skid back. The slick back of the Kindle makes it hard to rest it on your knee without holding on to it.
3. I would like to be able to change the screen saver with my own photos. It would make it more personal. This is one area where the iPad is superior to any of the eReaders available.
The Kindle is available only at Amazon.