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Barnes & Noble Nook Vs Amazon Kindle

Barnes & Noble Nook Vs Amazon Kindle

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Published by Kevin Clarke
The Amazon Kindle is an e-book reader developed by Amazon.com subsidiary Lab126 which enables users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, ...
The Amazon Kindle is an e-book reader developed by Amazon.com subsidiary Lab126 which enables users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, ...

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Published by: Kevin Clarke on Jan 06, 2012
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 ==== ====For great kindle tips check this outhttp://tinyurl.com/kindlerevolutions ==== ====With the presentation of the Third generation of Amazon Kindle, the online retailer has all thereasons to celebrate: this ebook reader is not only better than everything has been built before inthis category, but it is also ready to meet the mainstream masses. With the Amazon Kindle,Amazon solves all the negative aspects of earlier ebook reader generations, such as slow pageturns, finger-unfriendly button designs and heavy weight. This doesn't mean there is no room forimprovement, but this Kindle is the first I will certainly recommend to my friends. Value There are two versions of the third-generation Amazon Kindle. The Kindle Wi-Fi costs $139, whilethe Kindle that has both Wi-Fi and 3G and costs $189. The 3G-only Kindle 2 cost previously justas much. Please remember the third generation Kindle is not only a minor update, displayimprovement or a color refresh, just like we have seen in the case of Kindle DX (Graphite). It canbe seen from a distance that there is a lot of work and attention in this ebook reader. This mightshow that the company thinks its hardware strategy to be very important, in complementing itssoftware (the Kindle apps for Mac, Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, and PC) and e-bookstorestrategies. One has to notice that the new Kindle comes in two colors: eye-pleasing graphite (just the sameas the Kindle DX presented earlier this summer) and the usual Kindle white. Some might arguethat dark ebook readers are easier to read, because they give a perception of better contrast.However, this is only an impression. Others might feel they can read the white one better. Thedisplay was enhanced, too. The Amazon Kindle now has a 6-inch E-Ink Pearl display just like theKindle DX (Graphite). This display has 50 percent better contrast, which is quite noticeable in use.Just like on Kindle DX (Graphite), the text looks smoother, and the blacks are more solid. ThePearl display also has faster screen refresh rates, which improves user experience significantly(more on that later). Smaller The streamlined design of the Amazon Kindle made possible to shrink the reader by 21 percent.However is we look at the numbers, it doesn't seem that much is shaved off. The new modelmeasures 7.5 by 4.8 by 0.34 inches, versus the 8 by 5.3 by 0.36 inches of the Kindle 2. However ifyou look at the two devices side-by-side, it is obvious that the third generation Amazon Kindlebecame significantly smaller. In order to get this smaller design, the manufacturer primarilytrimmed the superfluous, wasted space around the edges, so the device is now dominated by its6-inch screen. The functionality is not affected by this: there is still enough room around the edgesfor the fingers to rest comfortably while holding the device. 
Lighter The design of Amazon Kindle is a pleasure to hold in hand. The user can read a couple of hourswithout feeling any pain or stiffness in his hands. This fact is even more interesting because thesame thing cannot be said for the multipurpose Apple iPad: this device with its 1.5 pounds (25ounces) weight is almost three times heavier than the Kindle (8, 7 ounces). This fact makes areally strong argument in favor of the Kindle. However, this review is not only about comparing the iPad to the third generation Amazon Kindle.The Kindle is a masterpiece in itself, and it is the first time I can say that it is a pleasure to hold aKindle ebook reader in hand. I must also say that the Kindle is not the lightest ebook readeravailable on the market: there is an ebook reader that is nearly one ounce lighter, the KoboeReader, which also has a 6-inch display. Then the Bookeen Cybook Opus, with a 5-inch display,is even lighter, with 5.3 ounces. At the same time, the Barnes & Noble's Nook (11.6 ounces forNook Wi-Fi, 12.1 ounces for Nook Wi-Fi + 3G) is significantly heavier than the Amazon Kindle; andthe new Kindle is 15 percent lighter than its 10.2-ounce predecessor. Better Design The new Kindle, with its lighter weight and more compact design, the third-generation Kindle alsoprovides a more pleasing reading experience than the earlier models. Its curved back cover madefrom a subtle, rubberized material, also makes it easier to hold. Because of the more compactdesign, Amazon had to modernize and thoroughly redesign the keys and buttons. Near the screennow there are very simple forward and back buttons, mirrored in shape and size, and signaled byarrows instead of words. With this feature, the Kindle is suitable for both left- and right-handedusers. The unit's buttons, when used, seem to be in very well-thought, convenient and ergonomicplaces. A drawback of the second-generation Kindle was that the page-forward and page-back buttonsdepressed inward, into the screen: as a result, when they were pressed, a noisy, mechanicalsound was heard. The third generation Kindle now has buttons that depress away from thescreen, and are much slimmer, like a rocker-style button that melds into the edge of the device.This solution is much better, as the fingers don't need to hover in a single place to turn the page.The hand can be moved and the page can still be turned with the heel of the palm, or even withthe thumb: a rather unique experience. In addition to this, Amazon corrected the unfunctional,outwardly page-turn buttons of its first-generation Kindle that led to many accidental page turns. Navigation The navigation buttons were also completely redesigned. They were rearranged and clusteredtogether, the page-forward and -back buttons have shrunk dramatically: to only one-quarter of aninch wide. At the bottom of the keyboard there is the Home button, ant the joystick-navigationcluster of the Kindle 2 was replaced with a very comfortable D-pad-like approach with a five-waynavigation square, with an oval Menu button above it and a Back button beneath. When you usethe Amazon Kindle, your fingers will find the new layout very convenient and finger-friendly. It isvery easy to adapt to the new organization, which is way better than the joystick of the previousmodels. The buttons respond promptly, and the Amazon Kindle is kept up well. 
There is a tighter keyboard layout, the key are a bit closer and the row of numbers is removed. Soyou will have to press the symbol button to get to the numbers, just like you do on a touchscreenphone keyboard. Because the keyboard buttons are rounded and they are closer together, it ismuch easier to type on this keyboard than that of the second-generation Kindle. The typingexperience resembles very much the typing on a physical cell phone keyboard. Every Amazon Kindle button and port (the headphone jack, the micro-USB, power switch andvolume rocker) is now situated along the bottom edge, in a neat row. The power switch was on thetop, and on Kindle 3 it was moved down, which might seem a little bit unexpected and awkward,but the other buttons are very comfortable. And there is a cute thing: when you slide the switch orplug the device into the power, the healthy battery life is shown by a green light. When the batteryneeds to be charged, it glows in amber. Technology The Amazon Kindle, unlike its predecessors, just breezes thorough the pages. Even veryimpatient persons can be happy with the way the new Kindle turns the pages. And there is virtuallyno lag in scrolling through the menu options. The page turns are 20 percent faster, according toAmazon. The manufacturer says that the increased speed comes from the Amazon's proprietarywaveform and controller technology (this technology is essentially a series of pulses that movewhite and black electronic ink particles to give the grey level that makes the final text or image),and the new display. When the page turns, there is still an annoying flicker, but because the speedis much increased, the flicker is rather acceptable. In my experience, the speed issue is very important. The second generation of Kindle was quiteunresponsive and sluggish, but I must mention that the slowest ebook reader I ever saw was theKobo eReader. There is only one place I noticed a lag: in a Kindle bookstore. However it is untiltoday unclear to me whether the lag was due to the speed of the display's redraw, the bookstore'sresponsiveness or the integrity of the 3G connection. No matter the cause was, in this situationseveral times the book cover thumbnails lagged behind the page load of the rest of the content. The Experience The e-reading experience on the Amazon Kindle remained largely unchanged. However, evenhere Amazon added some cool new features. You can change line spacing from within menus(there are three options: small, medium and large), and you can also change the typeface too (theoptions are condensed, regular and sans serif). These options can be accessed from the font'sbutton, now situated on the bottom row, between the space bar and the home button. Some otherfont options would be welcome, and the options could be presented in the sample text, much likethe font-size options are presented. Despite this, it is good to see Amazon add the option tochange fonts, because virtually all LCD-based ebook readers have this feature for some time. It would be also great if Amazon would take the opportunity to start to improve the speed andpresentation of its bookstore. While shopping, it occurred to me that the page redraw speeds areslower than when I was elsewhere in the device. This might be caused by the Kindle bookstore'sdesign or 3G connection. Just like Kindle DX (Graphite) and the second-generation Kindle with updated firmware, the third-

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