Kindle Keyboard

The Kindle Keyboard is actually the Kindle 3rd generation. There are 2 models: Wi-Fi Only model and 3G (+ Wi-Fi) model.

What it can do:

  • 7″ E-Ink Display: No-glare screen
    • Completely readable in bright sunlight
    • Adjustable text size
  • Battery Life: 1-2 months
    • It depends on how much you use wi-fi connection to shop, surf, and downloading content.
  • New – Public Library Books

    • Borrow books from your public library and start reading on your kindle
    • Or other Kindle apps
  • Experimental Browser: Does not support Flash.
    • Let you view most websites
    • Amazon does not make it an selling feature, but it functions acceptably.
  • Text-to-Speech
    • Let Kindle read to you!
  • Whispersync
    • Automatically sync your bookmarks, notes, highlights
    • Great features, if you also read on other devices, like your mobile phones or laptops
  • Share meaningful quotes and let friends know you finish a book on Facebook or Twitter
  • Subscribe to blogs and play some intellectual games
  • Physical Keyboard
    • There are many useful keyboard shortcuts that you might find handy.
  • Rear-mounted Stereo Speakers
    • Standard 3.5 mm Audio Jack
  • Documents formats: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, DOC, DOCX, Audible (AA, AAX), HTML
  • Pictures formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG
    • Also supports converted BMP
  • Audio formats: AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV
  • Weight: 8.5 ounces (241 grams)
    • Lighter than a paperback
  • Storage 4 GB Internal
    • All Amazon content is stored in the cloud with no cost.
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi (and Cellular Network on 3G model)
    • Support only b/g/n(2.4GHz), not n(5GHz) or a
  • File Transfer: Micro-USB
    • Mount as USB Stick like other Kindles
    • USB 2.0
  • There are “with ads” model and “without ads” model.
    • Ads (or Special Offers) appear on the bottom of your home screen.
    • You pay $40-50 less on with-ads model.
  • Price: $99 on Wi-Fi model and $139 on 3G model

    • With ads, it’s $139 on Wi-Fi model and $189 on 3G model
  • Available Now!

Available Now !!
**In stocks. Gift wrap available.**


Touch vs. Keyboard

Touchscreen Keyboard

Touchscreen Keyboard

I have a Kindle 3, now “Kindle Keyboard”, and at first I found the typing is somewhat awkward and difficult. However, it gets easier and less painful to the point that I find myself type relatively fast with it. The keyboard is also used by many tweaks and hacks after I jailbroke it, but I guess touchscreen keyboard is not a problem for this. To me, the touchable screen itself that makes me prefer keyboard, since it feels more natural to drag my fingers across the page when I read, like I sometimes absently do with real books. The decisive point of Keyboard over Touch for me, however, is the lack of page turn buttons. It’s not a big deal, but too disappointing. I might end up confuse myself when and when not to touch. šŸ˜†

Keyboard vs. No-Keyboard

Most people buy Kindle to read books and just that. They don’t use the built-in browser to surf the Internet, cause they might find it frustrating to move their way around. If you think you’re one of them, then go for the Kindle 4, as it is cheaper, faster, smaller, lighter, and considered as newer models. Kindle Touch is also a good choice if don’t like Kindle Keyboard, as it has the new X-Ray feature and Audio playback. However, if you are not interested in X-Ray feature or don’t like the idea of E-Ink Touchscreen, and believe that you will utilize the physical keyboard for browsing, emailing, and so on, then you might want to consider Kindle Keyboard.


Useful Video:

  • Kindle 3 Review


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