TKC Video Extra: K3 Review

I’ve been reading on and exploring a new Kindle Free 3G +WiFi for three days now, using an Amazon review copy that arrived here in Maine on August 18.  This video presents what I think is so great about the Kindle 3, as well as one disappointment I have in it.

I had already pre-ordered my new Kindle 3, so I plan to donate the review Kindle to EBooksForTroops as part of our new project to donate used Kindle 2’s to U.S. soldiers on active duty in Afghanistan. You can learn about this initiative by clicking here.  We also just received word that the IRS has approved the E-Books for Troops 501(c)(3) application, so donations to the nonprofit are now officially tax-deductible. We will use the Gazelle listings for value of the donated Kindles for tax purposes.

This video demonstration of the new Kindle compares it with my Kindle 2 and covers size and weight, speed, clarity of display, improved PDF capabilities, accessibility, WiFi, and the missing row of numbers keys.

(The video player below links to the version of the review, which is identical in content but has lower resolution and file size — it’s the one that will go in the RSS feed and be available if you subscribe to The Kindle Chronicles in iTunes: )

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Comments 9

  1. Keith Peters wrote:

    Great review. Can’t wait until mine arrives. As I understand it though, you can also do numbers by pressing ALT + the top row of letter buttons. Would be good if you could verify that.

    Posted 23 Aug 2010 at 7:22 am
  2. Mark Pierce wrote:

    Thanks Len! I enjoyed watching the video over breakfast this morning. I’m really looking forward to the K3. I’ll be giving my K2 with a new Decal Girl skin to my newly married daughter and sharing an account. Hoping some common books will keep us connected despite the physical distance. Thanks to you (and to Darlene) for this new video. Mark

    Posted 23 Aug 2010 at 10:13 am
  3. Sandro wrote:

    Thanks for the great review! Just one question – how convenient are notes for pdf documents? I’m an academic considering graphite DX to read articles, highlight and take notes. I’m thinking that DX will also get updated to 3.0, highlights seem nice, I hope notes are also good. Also, can you get annotated pdfs back to your PC with highlights and notes in them?

    Posted 23 Aug 2010 at 11:23 am
  4. John Holloway wrote:

    Have you tried to use some online services like those from google (gmail, calendar, docs, reader – maybe the iphone interface works better ) or oreilly’s safari?

    Posted 23 Aug 2010 at 2:34 pm
  5. Tomster wrote:

    Nice review!

    Are PDF annotations portable to other PDF readers (and vice versa)? For example if you highlight something and then copy the PDF to your computer, will Adobe Reader (or OSX Preview, etc.) display them? Guess I’ll know soon enough…

    Numbers can also be entered using the keyboard, using ALT in combination with the top row of letters (same as DX, except that K3’s keyboard has no number labels). I’m sure that this will prove more convenient for number entry than using the SYM table, after a bit of practice.

    Thus ALT+Q = 1, ALT+W=2, etc.

    Posted 23 Aug 2010 at 5:38 pm
  6. Chris Martin wrote:

    Thanks for the review Len! I’m really anxious to get mine. Hopefully my Kindle will arrive on Friday since I ordered it the day it went up on the site.

    I’m really interested in trying out a feature you didn’t mention, article mode. I read some academic journals that are freely available online and it would be nice to use article mode to be able to read those online articles.

    Posted 24 Aug 2010 at 12:40 pm
  7. Bill wrote:

    Great review. Couldn’t resist to order one after watching it!

    Well… early Christmas gift 😛

    Posted 25 Aug 2010 at 4:42 am
  8. BlogKindle wrote:

    I did some measurements and the contrast is indeed measurably better –

    Posted 28 Aug 2010 at 7:07 pm
  9. Marcus Grande wrote:

    You can get a handy kindle number label that you can apply over the top row of your kindle so you can easily identify the + number shortcuts without having to count keys or memorize. A picture of the label is at:

    Posted 08 Feb 2011 at 1:02 pm

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