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Initial post: Feb 5, 2010 9:40:18 AM PST
Have not yet purchased Kindle and am curious to know if anyone has feedback on the experimental web browser functionality. Thanks!

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 9:52:02 AM PST
John Newton says:
IMO, it's close to worthless due to the technical limits of eInk screens. Other people seem to like it though. It works ok on text only pages that you only want to read. Text entry or other interaction is a pain.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 9:54:13 AM PST
Debi says:
I agree with John.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 9:55:56 AM PST
T. L. Bruzek says:
It is good in a pinch. Spent some time in the emergency room and used the web browser to find an open pharmacy. Kept us from going out of our way to a place that wasn't open. Not for endless surfing, but definitly usable and useful.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 9:57:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 5, 2010 10:04:11 AM PST
As a Canadian, I can only use it on wikipedia but even if that wasn't so, there is no way it would pull me away from my iPhone for web use.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 10:01:42 AM PST
Brad says:
Many web pages will present poorly (if at all) on the Kindle. My best advice would be to look for WAP pages (pages designed around phone capabilities). These pages are often light-weight in design and don't rely on technology like Java or Flash. Lots of sights have links for "Mobile" areas (for instance, Amazon maintains such an interface: )

You can build up a list of bookmarks on your Kindle of just such useful sights. I have several for shopping, buying stocks, weather, travel, etc.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 10:02:53 AM PST
I think it's fine for mobile sites, keeping up with headline news and such. I used it a lot recently because we had a family member in the hospital for over 2 weeks. It allowed me to update Facebook to keep other family members in the loop, I looked up some medical terms and medicines, and was able to read CNN and Fox News, as well as our local newspaper.

We don't have web access on our cell phones, so this is a nice perk IMO. We've also used it to check the weather when traveling. I don't have to dig out my laptop and try to find a WiFi hotspot.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2010 10:04:10 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
If web browsing is highly important to you, you might wait for Apple's "mega-iTouch" (assuming they add Flash capability to their browser). If reading is the main use you plan for your e-Reader, and plan to use the browser only for an occasional Google lookup, email and such (and, of course, book store and Wikipedia), then don't have any second thoughts about Kindle and head for the store. :o))

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 10:05:06 AM PST
Bob says:
I've used it to check email and to check on a connecting flight's status at Logan Airport in Boston. The website had better info than the gate agent!

I've also used it to read wikipedia articles when I was in a restaurant. Of course, I've used it to shop Amazon. It's limited, but far from worthless. I have a mobile phone that can connect to the web, but don't need to do that often enough when I'm away from my laptop to justfy the monthly fee for data plan.

If I always carried a smart phone and was already paying for an unlimited data plan, I might find it pretty worthless, though my son-in-law was pretty glad I had it when his iphone battery was dead and he wanted to check-in to a Southwest flight.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 10:06:14 AM PST
Cathy R. says:
I use it on occasion. I think it's perfectly functional if you stick to mobile pages, which are designed to load faster and have fewer graphics. Here are some examples:

I'm not sure what other people are expecting when they say it is useless. Maybe my expectations are low because I don't have an iPhone or other mobile websurfing device. But if I have to check for an email message, or look up a phone number or address in my email, or check weather, sports scores, or news, it works great for me (again, I try to stick to mobile sites).

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 10:10:07 AM PST
I think it works perfectly when in the middle of the book, I want to research further on a subject that has been brought up.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2010 10:17:33 AM PST
The Kindle browser is sort of like using a pair of pliers instead of a pneumatic socket wrench. Wrong tool for the job, only to be used in a pinch.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 10:27:54 AM PST
Great feedback - thanks to all of you. My purposes for web access on the Kindle would be minimal and conform to what you inidcate are its capabilities. Actually sounds like it can be a very handy feature when needed, but obviously no replacement for web phone, laptop, etc.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 10:30:20 AM PST
VKI says:
No replacement for web phone, laptop, etc. but handy for downloading free books from sites other than Amazon. Very nice to get books from many places without being tied to the computer!

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 10:33:07 AM PST
Patti says:
The only thing I've used it for is to read Gmail, which it does okay as long as you use html mode. But it's VERY slow. I don't have an iPhone or other way to surf w/o my laptop, so I do check my email from time to time. I like that the option is there. But it's very clumsy.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 5:40:45 PM PST
B. J. Mayer says:
It is very slow, but when I was without internet at home, it was a lifesaver. For a free service, I have no complaints. I had to use .gmail but that turned out to be a plus as my regular email service had delivery problems- but the forwards to gmail went through much faster.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 5:57:51 PM PST
Carbonbased says:
Google and wikipedia are both directly available via buttons on the text bar, just to the right of 'store.' I find them quite useful.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 6:34:30 PM PST
genafan201 says:
I agree with those who say the web function of the Kindle is good in a pinch, but not for everyday "surfing"...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2010 6:37:53 PM PST
Gina says:
OK...can anyone tell me how to get the Kindle to find the closest Dunkin Donuts? What website/link?

I used to have unlimited web on my verizon phone but don't now and I swear the only thing I miss is my coffee-gps feature.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2010 7:57:33 PM PST
@Gina...use the bookmark that was one of those already loaded for you.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 8:03:12 PM PST
I tried to use it once, but got to frustrated. the only time I use the wireless now is to shop in the kindle store.

I don't really need to use it though, and I didn't even know that it had the feature before I got the kindle. so, I don't really miss it. But I agree with the others, if that's what you are really looking for, then I would go for the iPad.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2010 6:11:11 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 6, 2010 6:18:52 AM PST
Gina says:
Thanks Meya! :-)

I just got my Kindle, so I am in the "absolute wonderment" phase.

Fandango is on here! Except for the fact that the text is ghostly light, that is one use I will definitely make use of!

This is one fun toy!

Oh...but I am serious reader.

BTW Sherlock Holmes "Study in Scarlet" is AMAZING for anyone who wants to read a funny, highly palatable classic (read: "FREE".)

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 6:27:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 6, 2010 6:27:54 AM PST
Very slow, but fantastic in a pinch. I have sent emails, transferred money between bank accounts and found address information when I really needed to. Plus I love the ability to pop to wikipedia from a reference in a book. Sure, it's slow, but it opens up a world of information whenever you need it. It's hard to argue with FREE.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2010 12:33:11 PM PST
Actually, you want the mobile Yelp site:

Meya says:
@Gina...use the bookmark that was one of those already loaded for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2010 12:35:39 PM PST
@John...if she used the Bookmark on her Kindle, it would be the mobile site. That's what I meant.
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