|Original 2008 KINDLE Bundle / Has original "Welcome from Jeff Bezos" on device|
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|Shop, download, and read ebooks, newspapers, magazines and blogs on the Amazon Kindle 1st Generation portable eReader. Even bookworms who swear by their paperbacks are sure to enjoy the reading experience of this Kindle. In fact, they may do a double take when they first look at this Kindle ebook reader, as it looks just like printed paper, thanks to its E Ink Pearl technology. Moreover, the Amazon Kindle 1st Generation goes easy on the eyes, and its 6-inch screen has anti-glare properties that make reading in the sunlight possible. The intuitive navigation settings on this Kindle ebook reader make turning the pages really easy - just like a book. Compact and lightweight, this portable eReader can be easily carried along with you, wherever you go.|
|Display Size||6in (15.24 cm)|
|Hard Drive Capacity||250 MB|
|Supported File Types||AZW, Audible Format 2, Audible Format 3, Audible Format 4, BMP, DOC, GIF, HTML, JPEG, MOBI, MP3, PNG, PRC, TXT|
|Processor Speed||532 MHz|
|Display and Screen|
|Display Tech||E-Ink ® Pearl|
|Display Max. Resolution||800 x 600|
|Connections and Expandability|
|Expandability||SD Card Slot|
|Expansion Ports||USB 2.0|
|Wireless capabilities||WLAN 802.11b, WLAN 802.11g|
|Audio Input||Stereo Input Jack|
|Height||7.5in (19 cm)|
|Width||5.3in (13.46 cm)|
|Depth||0.7in (1.77 cm)|
|Weight||0.638lb (0.29 kg)|
|Battery Technology||Lithium polymer|
|Battery Run Time||Up to 168 hours|
|Additional Technical Informations|
Average review score based on 65 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I bought this for my husband as a gift. He loves to read and thought this would be a great gift for Summer travelling. What sold him on the Kindle was the Whispernet Technology that would allow him to browse for and buy books virtually anywhere you can get Sprint cell phone coverage. We live in an area that supposedly gets awesome reception - orange area. The device would show full bars, just like a cell phone, but could never get and maintain a connection. If he tried to download a book it would hang up for several minutes and then say the connection was lost. Twice he called Kindle support. He was told to go outside, go to a different location, or just download books off his computer with the provided USB Port. He tried moving to different locations but downloading books from his computer defeated his reason for getting the Kindle in the first place. So it went back to Amazon.
I am giving the Kindle 3 stars because as a eBook reader it is nice. It does need some redesign in the "Next Page" and "Back" buttons as they are very easy to press when you don't mean to. If you are perfectly fine with downloading your books from your computer then you will probably love the Kindle. If, however, you would like to take it with you on business or pleasure trips and don't have your computer you may not be able to download any books, newspapers, magazines or blogs.
I think Wi-Fi technology would work better with the Kindle. There are more and more hotspots available now. Even in McDonalds. And most hotels and airports also offer Wi-Fi making it great for travel. So until that aspect is improved upon he will continue to read books the old fashioned way or use his iPod Touch for audio books.
In my opinion, the Amazon Kindle E-Book Reader is the future of the reading industry. You can download books, newspapers, and magazines for a fraction of the cost of you would pay to physically buy them. Just like you download ring tones on your cell phone, you can download a book from the Amazon Kindle Store. It is so easy---any person of any age can do this! It is about the size of a paperback book, so you can slip it in your purse, backpack, or briefcase, and read anywhere! It is so very easy to use, you only need to know the basics to get started reading. Buy a Kindle, save a few trees! Running out of shelf space--the Kindle is the answer. It holds over 200 books, etc., and uses a memory card to store countless more. I am so pleased with my Kindle, and I would highly recommend it to other readers.
I was on initially on the fence about this, I have been a book reader since I could start reading and didn't think it would make a difference. It does. The Kindle is not only easy to use and extremely convenient, it is fast, holds over 200 books and book prices are cheaper than if you bought them in the store. You can also subscribe to newspapers, blogs and magazines, download sample blurbs from books and easily browse new releases and best sellers. The only time I could not get a connection was briefly in a movie theatre while waiting for the movie to start. But it connected fine about 5 seconds later. The only downside is there is no light source or backlight, so just like with regular books, you need a book light or lamp to read. Also, I like to browse Amazons selection by price (there are alot of free and under $1 Kindle books) and I can only do so on their web site (as far as I can tell).
I love it, I carry it in my purse, so if I'm stuck waiting in line, in a dr's office, restaurant, movie theatre, I have it ready to go. The battery seems to hold a charge for a long time, I haven't clocked it, but I've never run out of battery. As of this writing, they have released a Kindle 2, which is thinner and lighter, so you may be able to get deals on the original Kindle for people looking to upgrade, either one is well worth the investment.
Perfect for travel, taking to the beach, riding in a car. We travel in an RV which limits storage space for books that are already read. The Kindle eliminates all the storage problem. I LOVE the fact that I can change the font for easy reading without my glasses and the fact I can easily see the screen even in the bright direct sun. It is light, compact and a wonderful thng when I am waiting at the doctors office or the DMV. I would highly reccommend!
I love the fact that I can download my books on my PC, then sync to my Kindle or my android phone. LOVE IT
I wanted to get a used Kindle on Ebay because I wasn't conviced that I would "take to" a different reading experience, and I didn't want to spend all kinds of money only to find that I missed a traditional book. Well, it did feel a little odd for about the first 10 minutes, but now I am hooked.
I figured out the way of holding it that works for me (cover folded back, holding with my left hand), and I realized some things. 1) Kindle is very light, much lighter than a typical book of it's size. 2) The e-ink is spectacular, absolutely crystal clear and sharp. I even found myself running my hands over the screen, because it looks so dimensional. It is super-easy to read in all kinds of light, including bright sun 3) The greatest thing: I can snuggle into the couch - get into the perfect position, all folded up, and I do not have to move or shift in order to turn the pages! It seems like a small thing, but it's the BEST! All I need to do is tap the page turn button with a single finger on the one hand that holds the book. It really is so nice. I even still have a free hand to hold/drink my tea as I read. Frankly, after only a month, I have now lost the ability to read a normal book. I recently found myself attempting to click the page turn button on an ordinary (now, sub-par) paperback.
Other characteristics - battery life is excellent, and browsing/shoping for new titles is a breeze. I am not altogether sure how the wireless works, but I simply turned it on, and I was able to connect, so that was simple, too.
In short, I love my Kindle, and I am sure it won't be the only one our household ever owns...we are now converts, and there will be no going back!