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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2012
I love my Kindle. It's just awesome to have something so tiny that carries so many books. And I love e-ink, wouldn't trade it for a fancy glowing colored screen. The battery lasts forever (great when on long camping/backpacking trips!) with 3G off and a few days with wireless on, and back when I was a smartphone holdout I used the Kindle's free 3G service (also free abroad, which isn't true for my smartphone!) for all of my internet-on-the-go needs. It was clunky, but it worked.

BUT it's not ideal.

They're fragile and finicky. In the few years that I've had mine, I've had it replaced 4(!) times, all but one under warranty. The first time, the screen cracked due to a problem with the Amazon cover: Amazon replaced the Kindle and gave me a voucher for the cover. The replacement kindle didn't work, so they once again sent me a new one. That kindle screen cracked again after a year for no apparent reason (the screens are extremely fragile, so get a good cover and be gentle with your baby! don't cram it in a full backpack, even with a cover on), and this time the kindle wasn't under warranty but it was replaced at a steep discount. About 6 months later, it stopped working due to a software or battery problem, and the kindle was replaced again (under warranty). The good thing is that Amazon customer service is fantastic.

I also don't like how it handles pdfs and highlighting. As an academic, I'd like to be able to read academic papers in pdf format, highlight them and make notes, and then have those notes save onto the pdf (like Acrobat allows), not in some weird central file like the Kindle uses.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2010
The concept and functionality of the Kindle 3G is great.

Caution: I was told that the 3G would work any place that a cell phone works... WRONG. The service that the 3G Kindle uses is through AT&T so make sure to look at thier service coverage area. Needless to say I purchase three of these units only to find out that I could have purchase the cheaper WiFi units and had the same features since we get no service from AT&T in our area. I think Amazon would of looked into this before going with just one service company and having thier product tied to this problem.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2011
The reason I preferred Kindle 3 other than PocketBook Pro or other e-Books with WiFi is that Kindle 3 comes with Free 3 G, but this Free 3G is a disappointed product. It can't open most of web pages, only can open single window,or you can say it can mostly read home page,kicks out 99% of web links. loading web page is extremely slow or even stuck there/freeze, no way to go back, any keys/buttons no response. In my opinion, "free 3 G" almost means nothing.If you are looking for a good e-Book, check with PocketBook Pro 603,903 or others.Happy reading and good luck!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2011
the kindle is a pleasure to own. books are easy to download and quickly at that. this product is sooooooooo easy to use and read a 1st grader could use with ease.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2010
This is my second Kindle and it is not operating properly....It flashes random search boxes and other boxes and it won't back up. I've had 3 service calls and still no solution. I'm very unhappy
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2011
The average review of the Kindle seems to be about 4.5 stars, and that is what I would rate my experience with it...4 to 4.5 stars.

I read many of the reviews here on Amazon, as well as some on other sites (cNet, for example), and found that the positive reviews far outnumbered the negative reviews. Many of the negative reviews appear to be due to conditions, such as freezing up, that are correctable through firmware updates or by exchanging the device. Amazon customer service seems to be more than willing to do that if necessary.

Rather than regurgitating all of the features of this amazing device, I would encourage you to read the product specifications and reviews yourself. One item that is missing from most of the reviews, especially regarding the latest generation Kindle (Kindle 3, I believe), is the fact that there is no way to control screen contrast or brightness. There apparently was on the previous versions. This is not a "back lit" reader - the screen is not like those on a laptop or and iPad, for example. Reading in poor light is not easy for older, tired eyes, which is why I awarded it only 4 stars in this review. However, I like the positives so much, that I have decided to keep it and work around that (personal) problem. BTW, from what I have read, Amazon will let you return it if you can't or just don't want to work around it. Check their return policies.

I've had it 5 days now and I just can't put it down...no pun intended. I just started my third novel - one paid and two free, so far. It's a terrific piece of technology. I think you'll be pleased with it.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2011
I received 3 different kindle in 3 weeks. I order mine from France. I never received the first one because it was "lost" by UPS. The screen of the second one Amazon sent me in replacement froze after only one week of use. After calling Amazon from France to complain, I received a third one which screen froze during the initialization, which means that I never even get to use it at all. So I am pretty pissed and I am thinking about asking for a refund and go by the so called "IPad" because from my point of view Apple seems to now better about these things!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2010
Produto excelente. Estou lendo todos os livros que eu não tinha tempo de ler. Estou levando ele para praia nas minhas férias e vou colocar toda a leitura em dia.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2012
Bought this as a gift in June 2011. It died, stone cold dead, the second week of July 2012 a few days after the one year warranty expired. Tried various suggestions from Amazon online help (plug-in, unplug, etc.) and a new charger/cord from Amazon. Dead. Permanently. Amazon customer service is offering a used/refurbished kindle for $85. I paid $189 dollars just a year ago. This is not much of an offer. Sort of covers the cost of the recipient's downloads, now inaccessible. Have been a loyal Amazon customer forever, but Nook will be the next choice.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2015
Very nice for reading. Battery lasts for ever.
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