They say pictures speak a thousand words, so we decided to take some videos of the Kindle 3 in action, highlighting some of the capabilities and functionality.
Firstly as we have connected to Wi-Fi – we can take a look at the Internet Browser. This is accessed via the ‘experimental’ menu. Amazon are saying that the browser is still under development, however we found it to be quite capable during our testing.
The Wi-Fi speeds are reasonable, and although it is significantly slower than the iPad, it is a much faster platform than the Sony PRS 600 which feels more sluggish to navigate. The browser won’t support flash videos or HD content, but as a general tool to access websites at home it is shaping up well.
Page loading has also been improved with the Kindle 3 – they now take a split second to refresh. We also really feel the inclusion of both a back and forward button on either side of the chassis makes for a much more intuitive navigation system. The main 5 button navigation section bottom right can be used to navigate between chapters quickly.
The main 5 button navigation section bottom right can be used to navigate between chapters quickly.
There are options to rotate the screen any way you want, offering landscape modes, rather than portrait.
For those who want someone to read their book for them, then the Kindle 3 can also deliver the goods. There are text to speech options with both male and female voices available. They are slightly robotic, but I was pleasantly surprised by how effective they were.
The Kindle 3 offers quite a few text based settings, with a multitude of sizing, spacing and font choices. It is quite a diverse and sophisicated setup, something lacking with many eReaders.