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Amazon's latest refresh of its popular Kindle eBook reader is leaner, meaner, and now less than $200. For just $189, the Kindle 3G offers improved battery life, display technology, and can connect over Wi-Fi as well as 3G. In almost every way, the Kindle 3G is an improvement over the previous generation, with a few minor exceptions. Regardless, bookworms will find the Kindle 3G to be one of the best eReaders on the market.Aside from the graphite paint job, Amazon also brought some significant design changes in the Kindle 3G. Overall, this new generation is thinner and lighter and has a smaller footprint. At just 7.5 x 4.8 x 0.34 inches and 8.7 ounces (compared to 8.0 x 5.3 x 0.36 inches and 10.2 ounces for the previous model ), it's almost as small and light as the Kobo Reader. The Kindle shares one other similarity to the Kobo: The back of the device, which used to be metallic, now has a soft-touch coating.In making the unit thinner, it looks like Amazon had to shuffle some internal components around. Now the On/Sleep/Off slider is on the bottom--less convenient, but only a minor annoyance--along with the microUSB port, headphone jack, and volume toggle.
In the gadget business, there's a tendency to continuously add features, functionality, and options with each new version, but you shouldn't expect a drastic revamp from Amazon with its latest Kindle ($189 direct) ebook reader. Although the new Kindle adds Wi-Fi, more capacity, a leaner form factor, and a sharper screen, the functionality is largely the same. But that isn't necessarily bad thing, in fact given its new low price along with its massive library of ebooks and dead-simple book buying, the Kindle keeps its crown as our Editors' Choice. Simply put, it's the best dedicated ebook reader you can buy. Perhaps the most dramatic change in the Kindle is the size: it's a lot smaller, but maintains its 6-inch e-ink screen. Even so, overall the 7.5-by-4.8-by-0.3-inch (HWD), 8.7-ounce device is 21 percent smaller, with a narrower bezel and tighter keyboard. The smaller size makes it a snap to slide into a coat pocket and easier to manage single-handed. Oh, and you get a color choice this time around: Besides the typical Kindle white, you can opt for a grayish-blackish graphite, like our review unit. The Kindle has never been known for its great controls, but with this iteration, they get better.
Just as Apple's iPod wasn't the first MP3 player, Amazon wasn't the first company on the block to release an e-book reader; NuvoMedia's RocketBook and the early Sony Readers both beat the Kindle to market. But it's hard to argue that the online retailer's Kindle isn't the iPod of the e-book reader market. The Kindle has helped usher the e-book reader from gadget curiosity to a burgeoning mass market device, all in less than three short years. And now, amid a much more competitive market, Amazon is debuting the third-generation Kindle. The first thing you should know about the "Kindle 3" is that it's more evolutionary than revolutionary. Most importantly, Amazon has made its 6-inch e-reader smaller and lighter, and it has improved the screen. The Kindle has also adopted the key Wi-Fi feature from its rival, the Barnes & Noble Nook. In fact, this Kindle comes in a couple of versions, one with both Wi-Fi and 3G wireless for $189, and a Wi-Fi-only version that costs $139--both $10 less than corresponding versions of the Nook. Each version is available in graphite or white and--on top of the more compact design--some other key additions include more memory (4GB instead of 2GB) and double the battery life (four weeks instead of two weeks with the wireless turned off).
It didn't take long to realize that this Kindle was unlike any other I'd handled before. Including the new Kindle DX (Graphite). Maybe 20 seconds, tops. Never mind the obvious giveaways-smaller size, less wasted real estate around the edges, new button design, new color. As soon as I took the Kindle in hand, I knew that this Kindle marked new territory. The third-generation Kindle comes in two versions: The Kindle Wi-Fi costs $139, while the Kindle, which has both Wi-Fi and 3G, costs $189, same as the 3G-only Kindle 2 cost previously. For the first time, I could comfortably hold a Kindle e-reader in one hand. At 8.7 ounces, the Kindle is not the lightest such device on the market-the Kobo eReader is nearly one ounce lighter, also with a 6-inch display, and the Bookeen Cybook Opus is even lighter still, at 5.3 ounces. But it is lighter than Barnes & Noble's Nook (11.6 ounces for Nook Wi-Fi, 12.1 ounces for Nook Wi-Fi + 3G). And the new Kindle is 15 percent lighter than its predecessor (which weighed in at 10.2 ounces); between its lighter weight and its more compact design, I could immediately tell that using the third-generation Kindle would be a more pleasing experience than with earlier models.