Kindle 3G Review – first impressions
Despite knowing that ‘free 3G’ is a trap I still ordered a Kindle 3G. There was nobody home when the postman came yesterday, so I had to pick it up from the depot this morning before rushing for my train (depot opens at 0800, train leaves at 0803, I just made it).
This isn’t intended to be a comprehensive review, but there are plenty of those out there already. Here, some first impressions after less than a days use:
- That I didn’t need to charge it for 12 hours or anything silly like that. It works straight out of the box.
- The screen – which really does need to be seen to be believed.
- The size and weight. Small enough to hold and use in one hand, but not so small that it compromises the screen size.
- That all of my O’Reilly DRM free eBooks work so well; and the Cory Doctorow stuff.
- The hidden games (shift alt M).
I don’t like
- Having to use the Sym button and sub menu to put in numbers. Why doesn’t the guide just tell you that alt+top row gives you 1-0?
- That the AudioBook player can’t sync with my iPod (but I saw that one coming). Worse still it only offers +/- chapter or +/- 30s for navigation. That’s going to be VERY annoying if I listen to half a chapter on something else.
- It sometimes seems to lock up if I press the back page button repeatedly.
- That I can’t eject it when connected by USB to my Windows 7 Tablet, so it can’t be charged and used at the same time (apparently this isn’t a problem with XP machines). Update 1 Oct The Kindle can be charged and used at the same time if you eject the removable drive from Windows Explorer rather than ejecting the device from Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Devices.
I expected it to be rubbish, and I’ve not been disappointed. It will certainly do for emergency email checking and maps, but I’m not sure that I want to use Google Reader on it for much time. I’ve heard from one happy yachtsman who likes it for weather reports, lets hope that the ‘free 3G’ holds out a little longer for him (or that at least roaming data isn’t too pricey when the dark day comes).
I’ve not tried yet
- Reading a PDF
- Buying an ebook from the Kindle store.
So far I’m pretty happy that I bought it. More to follow later once I’ve put a few miles on the clock.
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