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"I want an Amazon Kindle 3G reader"

If any of my friends or family out there wondered :) Price is no object when buying for a loved one, right?

wanted by: timfou (22) in Boston, MA 02111 +
updated on: Sept. 15, 2011, 11:42 a.m. (8 years ago)
posted on: Dec. 23, 2010, 11:25 a.m. (8 years, 9 months ago)
tags: computer ebook ipad nook sony wishlist
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Amazon Kindle 3G reader: My review, price paid and why I like it more than the iPad

I'm in love with my Amazon Kindle eBook reader! Don't get me wrong, I also love my boyfriend's iPad as a do-it-all tablet computer and pseudo-eBook reader, but the readability of the Kindle's e-ink screen, combined with its dedicated book reading design makes it the winner. Mine cost $189 when I got it and I think the price is still the same.

When I was searching a month ago, these were the factors which pushed me to buy:
  • cost less than Barnes & Noble Nook or Apple iPad (I did like the Nook's little touchpad tho!)

  • free 3G wireless for book download and basic browsing (browser sux, but oh well free is niiiice :o)

  • easy to read even in bright sunlight

  • nice, sleek and light form factor

  • large ebook catalog and store

  • super long battery life, up to a month with wireless off

  • stores up to 3,500 books which, at my current pace of 35 books/yr will hold me for the next 100 years!

This is the one I have: Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 3G Works Globally, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology. Hey Amazon, why don't you add a few more words to the product name, sheesh!

Also, check out this good info on what is a Kindle and where to buy Kindle.
comment I didn't get a Kindle for Xmas :( so I picked one up for myself :) One big improvement they could make: add an old book smell to it. Imagine a little refillable reservoir of book stink that spritzes out a little on every page turn. Call me Amazon, let's talk! - marion 8 years, 8 months ago
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Just compare the iPad vs. Kindle...iPad WINS!

In my humble opinion, why would you opt for a device which does only one thing well, when you could get a similarly cool device which does a ton of things well?

OK, price might be one legitimate reason since the Kindle costs a mere $189 while the iPad I'm recommending costs $570.

Apple iPad Tablet - 32GB, Wi-Fi (Click to see price)

Still, with the iPad you get:
* a real, functioning browser
* an excellent communication device (email, facebook, chat, sms)
* a great color touchscreen
* a legitimate portable gaming machine
* a somewhat legitimate productivity device
* access to hundreds of thousands of apps

Plus, with the iPad stepping in for your basic web browsing needs you won't need to replace that old Dell Notebook that no longer performs as it previously did, so factor that into the cost!
comment Besides price, there are two other big reasons to go with a dedicated eReader like the Kindle: 1) the much better battery life (1 month vs. 7 hours), and 2) the much better glare-free screen readability, especially in bright sunlight. - wantbox 8 years, 8 months ago
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