Amazon Kindle 2 review
What makes the Kindle 2 unique is that it uses the 3G network to deliver content. This means you can subscribe to a digital edition of a newspaper and have it wired to you every morning. You can also buy books and download them in less than a minute, according to Amazon.
Unfortunately, the Kindle 2 can’t natively view text and image files – they have to be converted into a Kindle format. Amazon charges 10 cents (6p) for this. However, it does now support PDFs, thanks to a recent update.
The mini-USB port is used for power but it also allows access to the Kindle’s 2GB storage (although only 1.4GB is usable). Kindle books range from 700KB to 800KB, so the Kindle 2 should hold more than 1,500 books.
The Kindle 2’s 600 x 800 resolution screen sports the latest E-Ink technology with 16 shades of grey for extra clarity. Like the Sony Reader, it lets you look up words, take notes and highlight passages. There’s also a speech-to-text capability with two digital voices – Tom and Samantha.