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Wired says:

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The new third-generation Kindle only makes that future brighter. All its basic virtues—instant downloading from an abundantly stocked store, light weight, ability to read in sunlight—are still there, with significant improvements in text readability, physical design, and battery life quote


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Critic reviews

8.2
7 reviews
  • Display / readability
    8.3
  • Battery life
    8.7
  • Store and selection of titles
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    7.4
  • Document support
    6.3
  • Storage capacity
    8.0
  • Durability
  • Design and form factor
    7.7
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.5

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User reviews

8.9
288 reviews
8.0
Engadget Aug 28, 2010

Amazon's third major iteration of its flagship reading device, the Kindle, comes out of the gate looking strong: the new graphite finish with a slimmer, lighter form factor, plus a bumped refresh rate for its E Ink screen.

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9.0
Wired Aug 23, 2010

The new third-generation Kindle only makes that future brighter. All its basic virtues—instant downloading from an abundantly stocked store, light weight, ability to read in sunlight—are still there, with significant improvements in text readability, physical design, and battery life.

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9.0
Macworld Aug 27, 2010

After spending some quality time curled up with the new Kindle, ... it’s the first e-reader in months that’s left me wanting to read more. Its solid build quality, along with its improved design, integrated store, and cross-platform transportability ... all add up to a winner that shoots to the...

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8.0
CNET Aug 23, 2010

The third-generation Kindle's winning combination of noteworthy upgrades--an improved screen, better battery life, lighter weight, and lower price--vaults it to the top of the e-book reader category.

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8.0
PC Mag Aug 23, 2010

Pros Compact Design. Higher-contrast screen than its predecessor. Smarter button layout. Integrated Wi-Fi. 4GB capacity (enough space for 3,500 books). Wide selection of books, magazines, and blogs. Cons No support for EPub format. Bottom Line The latest edition's improvements aren't revolutionary,...

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7.0
Ars Technica Nov 2, 2010

The Kindle has become an attractive, easy-to-use text reader. That's not a slight; devices like the Kindle have now become so attractive and functional that it's hard to imagine going without a reader in the future. With this newest unit, I'm a convert to idea of e-readers.

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8.0
CNET UK Oct 1, 2010

Good Clear, high-contrast display 3G downloads with no monthly contract Great battery life Winning design Bad Doesn't support EPUB format Restrictive DRM Occasionally confusing menus

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9.0
dotEvan dotEvan

I love this device. I prefer reading on it over my iPad. Using the eInk screen rather than a backlit LCD display is a lot easier on the eyes. It's extremely easy to use and to get content on to the device through the Amazon Kindle store. My only complaint would be the screen update speed, but...

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7.0
sup909 sup909

Arguably the best e-reader yet, but it has some slight design cues that make it potentially ergonomically uncomfortable. It is very small and very thin, which most reviewers are claiming as an outright positive. I would dare say it is too small for some people however. The device is so thin and...

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10
rpgdgt rpgdgt

I just replaced my Nook WiFi with the newest Kindle and the Kindle just crushes the Nook across the board. I've read enough Nook reviews that some people like the ePub support and being able to read books at a B&N brick and mortar store. Those two features have no value for me. What I do...

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8.0
peterto peterto

While the Kindle is still not the perfect ebook reader, it gets a lot of things right. My first ever foray into the e-ink device arena was the Sony Reader PRS-500, but with the slow screen refresh, limited document support and extremely costly and even more limited ebook store they had at the...

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9.0
alexleonard alexleonard

I've been thoroughly impressed by this device, right from the moment I opened the box and turned it on. It was already set up with my account, so I didn't need to register it, all I did was connect to wifi (no 3G whispernet in Cambodia) and suddenly the books I'd purchased the day...

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10
ryanheiser ryanheiser

The Kindle is a purpose-built, focused device that is awesome for long periods of reading. I recently got the iPad, and while the iBooks software is beautiful, I can't imagine sitting down to read for an extended period of time given the screen technology, notification system, and every...

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7.0
JustinCarone JustinCarone

My main gripe with the Kindle Keyboard is that second word in the device's name, keyboard. It just isn't necessary on this type of device. Thankfully Amazon realized this and has released its newest lineup sans keyboard, a decision I whole-heartedly support after using a Kindle Touch. Other than...

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9.0
ener ener

The kindle has made me read more books and enjoy reading again. After High School, I basically couldn't be bothered to go to shops and/or libraries to pick up some books and carry them around with me all the time, so that I could read them whenever I had time to. The kindle's light weight and...

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10
deinfinityx deinfinityx

Bought this for my wife, and love it. It makes reading my ebooks 100 times easier then using my phone. The screen is perfect for displaying text, much better then any LCD I have ever used. And at such a low price point anymore its a must have.

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9.0
timchoi89 timchoi89

I've had the Kindle 3 (3G version) since Christmas and it is one of the best gadgets I have! Apart from reading, I primarily use it for faqs from GameFAQS and I really love how you can convert files into the Kindle format allowing you to readjust font sizes. I also really like having the free 3G...

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