Amazon Kindle 2nd Generation 2GB, 3G (Unlocked), 6in - White
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- michael.teriOct 10, 2009by
I am severely disabled (an incomplete quadraplegic) and I have very limited use of my hands. Reading, for me, was all but impossible. I found it very difficult to hold a book open. Holding a book open and turning the pages was almost more than I could do. I had given up on reading. My therapist showed me his Kindle2 and I discovered that it was easy to use, even for me. It was easy to hold and turning the pages involved little more than pressing a button. Further, I was impressed with the content that was available. The books that I am interested in typically are free or cost as little as $0.99. I have yet to pay more than $10 for a book and I have read 17 at this point. I have also found another site on the internet that provides free content that is compatible with the Kindle2. The Kindle2 has given me back the option of reading and I read every day. I can take it with me to therapy and doctor's appointments so that I will have something to read while I sit in the waiting area and I have downloaded the King James version of the bible, so I take my Kindle to church. The Kindle2 has been a life changer for me and I can recommend it without hesitation.Read full review
- declutter69Jan 4, 2010by
I got one as a gift, and think it's a fantastic product. The screen looks good, and you can barely see the pixels. The page turning is fast enough. It has a long, long battery life, which lasts even longer if you turn off the wireless. If you read a lot, and enjoy reading, it's a great thing. The only impediment is its relatively high price.
The Kindle 2 includes a very simple web browser, so you can visit web pages. This makes the device really useful when you're not near a WiFi spot and need to check email. It's not as good as a smartphone for web use, though.
The main competitors to the Kindle are the Barnes and Noble Nook, and the Sony Readers. There are also software readers for the iPhone and Blackberry, and PDAs as well as desktop computers. Additionally, there are a few ebook readers that don't use e-ink, the best known being the ECTACO jetBooks.
Generally, the competing ebooks support more file formats. The jetBook has color, whereas the e-ink readers don't.
The Sony and B&N cost roughly the same as the Kindle, but support more file formats, including the EPUB format. The other readers, like the jetBook, are cheaper.
These other readers lack tactile keyboards. That's a big minus, for me, because I like to write notes while I read. Kindle has a note-taking feature, and it's just nice to have. I'm sure it's not a critical feature - but one that matters when you're reading some difficult material.
The Nook has an on-screen keyboard. That might be good enough.
The main difference between these other readers and the Kindle is that the Kindle has a tightly integrated system to sell and deliver books. The others are still catching up - and some require you to download the file, connect the reader, copy the file over, and disconnect. Some have an application to manage the downloading and copy process, so it's easier, but a computer is still involved. You have to install the software.
In contrast, the Kindle immediately delivers the book over the air. You never have to copy files (though you can, if you want). You never need to connect a Kindle to a computer (though you can). That, more than anything else, makes the Kindle a better product, especially for people who don't like to deal with computers.Read full review
- ihavemdsFeb 19, 2009by
Released in February of 2009
Holds over 1,500 books.
With the new Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud to you
Over 230,000 books plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs available
New York Times Best Sellers with New Releases available for under $10.00
Please take a momement and cick the usefulness key below
- pernmomSep 17, 2010by
Kindle 2 pros and cons
The Kindle 2 is an e reader that Consumer Reports listed as best in there review. Other ereaders are available, nost notably Sony and Nook.This review conerns the kindle as compaired to its main competitors.
Cons- Kindle is propriatory to Amazon. You can buy books from other places without Amazon's DRM as long as it is Mobi but it is not as easy as simply clicking the buy button on Amazon. Most libraries do not carry Mobi books. No light to read in the dark. Can not track it if it is stolen. Can not share books with friends.
So why did I give it an Excellent rating?
Pros- Amazon has tons of books available, usually at a better price than some others. To get a book, just click the buy button. If your wireless is on, your book appears in about 1 minute. Amazon has lots of free limited time offers, changes daily. In 1 week I "bought" for free books that later that week listed in the top 100 books for fees, the books listed for $98 total. I find myself trying new authors that I enjoy and end up buying more books! Most classic books can be found for free. The screen is very easy on the eyes due to no backlight. It can easily be read in bright sunlight, and a $1 light from a dollar store works perfectly when reading in the dark. You can up to 6 Kindles on an account and they all can pull up the same books. Unfortunatley People do steal them, It would be great if Amazon tracked them if the wireless is on (hint hint, amazon!) It is easy to block the Kindle if it is taken, and all of your books are not lost. When you get a new Kindle, all your books are waiting for you. You can even use your kindle for PC or smart phones to keep reading your books. Your kindle can even log on to the internet with the 3G wireless. And NO monthly charge. It is not the fastest connection but I have checked weather reports about incoming storms while out in the middle of nowhere. It is also an MP3 player, plays your music while you read. My own personal guilty pleasure? On long drives I can turn on text to speach and it reads the book to me, turning the page as it reads.
My whole family is in the process of getting Kindles, we fight over the ones we currently have. My parents are 70+ years old and find it much easier to read on the kindle. The size print can be adjusted to what is most comfortable to the reader. My Mother loves not having try to search for books she wants. 1 click and it appears on the kindle!
Good luck and Happy Reading!
Update 2012 Some of the Cons are now fixed with the Kindle 2. You can now lend many books to other Kindle owners for a 2 week period, and libraries now have kindle books. If debating between a K2 or fire, it depends on what you want to do with it. The K2 is best for reading, the fire for multi media. Get a fire to play games or get on line in a wi fi zone, it is harder on the eyes for just reading due to the back light.Read full review
- orgenomDec 10, 2015USEDby
I love this model of the Kindle. It is not fancy and you can't play games or search the web on it, but that is exactly what I like about it. It is a reader and I use it for reading. It has a great battery life that lasts for weeks unless you leave the wireless on an then it only last for a few days. It can hold lots of hundreds of books, so you never have to bring anything elese with you to read even on very long vacations. The only thing that would be nice to have, that they have incorporated into newer models, is a back light. The screen is too dark to read in low, or no, light. I simply use a little clip on light which works fine, but it would be nice to have the back light built right into the Kindle itself. As i said, i love this model and when my first one died after ten years, i bought the exact same model on EBay, even though there are many other models and makers out there now.Read full review