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.