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Ars Technica says:

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By fixing so much, and by getting so many of the fixes right, Amazon not only has created a good e-book reader, but it has given consumers reason to think it's listening to them. And if it keeps listening, the company may yet go on to craft a great ebook reader. quote


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Critic reviews

8.3
9 reviews
  • Display / readability
    8.4
  • Battery life
    8.9
  • Store and selection of titles
    8.7
  • Ease of use
    7.5
  • Document support
    6.0
  • Storage capacity
    7.9
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0

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User reviews

8.6
97 reviews
8.0
Engadget Feb 26, 2009

,,,the Kindle 2 delivers an enjoyable experience with noticeable leaps in usability, and big leaps in industrial design.

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9.0
Wired Feb 23, 2009

With its stylish design, slim profile (0.36 inch), and faster page-flips, the second coming of the Kindle is not only cooler and more portable, it’s just plain better than anything else in its class.

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8.0
CNET Feb 24, 2009

While it's still short of perfection--and has a price tag that's too high--the Amazon Kindle 2 offers a range of improvements that makes it the best overall e-book reader we've seen to date.

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8.0
CNET Jun 22, 2010

While the new internationalized Kindle looks exactly like the earlier U.S.-only model, this e-reader, which uses AT&T's data network for wireless access, represents an incremental improvement to the Kindle line--just as serious competition is ramping up in the e-book market.

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8.0
New York Times Feb 24, 2009

Amazon calls it the Kindle 2, but Kindle 1.1 would be more like it; the changes are fairly minor. Fortunately, they’re exactly what was needed to turn a very good reader into an even better one.

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8.0
AllThingsD Feb 25, 2009

Amazon.com has fixed the worst design flaws in the Kindle, its popular electronic-book reader, while maintaining the excellent book-buying experience that made the first Kindle model tolerable despite those problems.

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8.0
Ars Technica Feb 26, 2009

By fixing so much, and by getting so many of the fixes right, Amazon not only has created a good e-book reader, but it has given consumers reason to think it's listening to them. And if it keeps listening, the company may yet go on to craft a great ebook reader.

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9.0
Gear Live Feb 26, 2009

So the ultimate question, would we recommend the Kindle 2? If you are an avid reader, we give this a whole-hearted recommendation....Even with some of the flaws we mentioned about, the Kindle 2 is a must-own for fans of books.

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9.0
veronica veronica

I love my Kindle. Even after getting an iPad, I still do 90% of my reading on the Kindle. There's less strain on my eyes, the battery life kills everything else out there, and the selection is great. I would put it in my Top 3 favorite gadgets of all time.

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9.0
WarWolf WarWolf

I've spent a few days using my Kindle 2 now and figured I'd share some thoughts. First I should clarify that I have been reading electronic books (ebooks) for years now. It started when I was living in Hong Kong. I spent a lot of time traveling to different offices so I wasn't able...

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7.0
themachand themachand

I have been a avid ebook reader since the days of my Palm IIIxe. While the user experience was lacking on a lot of levels I was hooked on the concept. With the Palm TX ebook reading became much better. When the iPod touch came out I was a bit disappointed in the lack of a good ebook reader. By...

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4.0
Colleen Colleen

Ever since the first kindle came out, I have been extremely interested in the device, because of it's e-paper display, thin profile, and lifetime wireless data connectivity. This technology improves reading in absolutely every single way. You can resize text, have all of your books with you...

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9.0
spin spin

Point of reference: I'm not one to get hyper-religious about DRM, nor do I compare e-ink single-use devices to multi-use devices like phones. While I have the Kindle app on my iPhone, I use it for quick scanning, reference or time-killing when I'm surprised with downtown. I inherited...

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8.0
jonathanhowell jonathanhowell

I decided I had had enough. I'm studying for Cisco certification & have a 90-minute commute. I didn't want to lug those 1000+ page manuals everywhere I went. I wanted something that I could load up with my technical manuals alongside my science fiction and take it on the road. I think...

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8.0
legendary75 legendary75

I know there are a few readers out there now, but I am going to stick with this one because it has the amazon whisper net behind it. The ability to buy a book anywhere at anytime is quite frankly awesome. I can't recommend this enough if you travel a lot. It can hold up to 1500 non...

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9.0
sacwannabe sacwannabe

I developed a jones for the Kindle after hearing Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson talk about it on the Security Now! podcast. So I ordered one and I love it. The fact that you can browse the Amazon store and download immediately is awesome. Also, the cost. I know it's high, but remember there...

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9.0
gcapet gcapet

I wanted to write this because of the new Apple iPad, many will be giving the Kindle a second thought, don't be lured in. If you're initial purpose was to get a book reader, the Kindle is your device. If you add anything else you'll be distracted. Maybe the iPad will be better...

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10
ChristopherBurg ChristopherBurg

I've an avid reader but have always run into two major problems; books take up space and since I read multiple titles simultaneously it's hard to chose what book(s) to bring when I travel. Correcting both of these problems was the purpose behind my purchase of the first generation...

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