I know everyone’s eye is on the latest Kindle Fire. Unfortunately, it’s only available in the US currently.
So if you’re outside of US, especially living in Australia, you can either choose to get the Kindle Keyboard (WiFi or 3G) or Kindle this coming Christmas.
The Kindle is the one with shorter battery life, smaller internal storage and cheaper price too.
I got myself a Kindle Keyboard (an early Christmas gift for myself) instead of the Kindle for the reason that the Kindle hadn’t launched in Australia back then.
Why Kindle? Why not iPad 2?
Alright, this is a fair question.
To answer you, Yes, I already got my iPad2. So I bought the Kindle purely for reading.
I know you can read your Kindle books with a Kindle app on an iPad or even iPhone, but reading on Kindle gives you a totally different experience. With the amazing Kindle’s E Ink display, I felt like reading on a real paper with no glare to strain my eyes for long hours of reading.
Now, the good thing is that, while my little one is using the iPad2 for playing games, I can have the Kindle all by myself to read.
He has never shown any interest in playing with a gadget that has no color, no touch screen capability and with lots of buttons. Besides Kindle, calculator is one that falls into the same category he won’t play with.
Yes, I can leave it on the table without being afraid of the little one playing and spoiling this gadget.
The Things I like and don’t like about Kindle Keyboard
For full specs of the Kindle Keyboard, you can easily find it on the Amazon website. In this section, I’m just going to talk about the things I like and dislike about the Kindle Keyboard after having using it for a month to finish 2 books.
The things I like
- It’s lightweight. It’s about 8.5 ounces. It’s literally lighter than a book. No hand strain carrying it for long hours reading. With the hard disk size of 4GB, I can bring thousands of books around with this device.
- The high –contrast E Ink display allows me to read for long hours without causing any eye strain.
- I’ve been using this Kindle for a month now since the first day I charged it. I felt so convenient of not searching for the charger every day. The battery is said to last for 2 months for half an hour use each day.
- As English isn’t my primary language, having a built-in dictionary in the Kindle is pretty useful to me. Now I can keep my iPhone (with Dictionary apps) aside while reading on the Kindle.
- I’ve tested the Text-to-Speech feature but have yet to use it extensively. It reads ok with a man voice. I guess it will be an alternative method for me to consume the content if I don’t feel like reading in the future.
- While this is not part of the specs, I like the fact that with Kindle, I can buy and read a book in less than 1 minute at a “bookshop” that opens 24 hours.
The things I don’t like
- Nowadays, I’m kind of get used to touch screen devices such as iPhone or iPad. I found navigating around the Kindle Keyboard a bit troublesome at first. But once I’ve learnt how to use the Go to and Search This Book functions, reading and skipping pages become easy. Yes, it’s not too difficult to learn these functions.
- This Kindle is designed to be used under bright light environment. But I do hope there’s an option where you can turn the back light on when I want to read in a totally blackout environment.
- Not all books come with Kindle version. There are certain books I wanted to buy in Computer & Technology category aren’t available in Kindle format. Yup, this is a bit disappointing.
- At first I felt a bit weird with the blinking effect when page changes on Kindle. But now, I kind of get used to it.
For now, that’s all I can say about the Kindle Keyboard. I will probably add more points as I play with it more in the future.
Case for Kindle Keyboard
While I do agree that the Kindle Keyboard is a robustly built piece of device, a case is still needed to wrap it up to give protection when I toss it in the bag.
In Australia, where I’m currently staying, it has not much selection of cases for the Kindle. The available genuine leather case costs around AUD 35. Phew! No, I’m not going to buy that!
So in the end, I bought one (see pic below) from eBay for around AUD 10. If you have no preference of having genuine leather, then the one from eBay should be good enough.
Should You Buy the Kindle Keyboard?
I guess I can’t really answer that question for you. If you’re looking for a device that’s mainly for reading, and you’re fine with all the cons I mentioned above, then I think this device should be the right one for you.
If you’re still sitting on the fence and needing more inputs about this product, the best place to read all the reviews is on Amazon. At the time of writing this article, it has a whooping 30000+ customer reviews.