Being someone who spends the majority of his time in front of technology — laptops, desktops, mobile devices, wearable tech, etc… — I am amazed that my Amazon Kindle “just works”. It’s better than every other device I own, and here’s a few reasons why.
Kindle never requires an update
I have owned my Kindle 4 for approximately 4 years, and in that time it has asked me to download an update exactly zero times.
Granted, the device doesn’t actually do much (there is an “experimental” web browser) but it is simply rock-solid. It may only do one thing, but it does that one thing amazingly well — better than literally any other option for reading eBooks.
Kindle has incredible battery life
I may not use my Kindle all that often, usually only when I’m traveling, but the battery feels like it lasts forever. Better still, it doesn’t take forever to charge.
Kindle is inexpensive
The device itself is roughly $100, depending on the model you choose to get. There are zero apps you need to buy. eBooks are (mostly) inexpensive, and you can even borrow books from your local library.
I sadly don’t read books as often as I should, but let’s be honest — Kindle is by far worth every penny. It’s the single-best value in technology I use.
Don’t get me wrong — there are times that I wish I didn’t have yet another mobile device to tote around with me while traveling. There is a Kindle app for iOS which I have installed on both my iPhone and iPad, but frankly I hardly use them. The iOS devices have too much glare as a result of the glass and the backlighting just isn’t right for reading books.
Frankly I’m really surprised that no other tech company has come anywhere close to matching Amazon’s focus on devices for reading eBooks. Maybe it’s not a profitable space (Amazon devices are so cheap I can’t imagine there is any profit built into the price) or the customer market pool is too small… I don’t know nearly enough about the economics involved. But on the other hand, there are plenty of tech companies building unprofitable, unsellable products that have millions of dollars in VC investment — surely someone could tackle the all-in-one device problem and get rich.
Do any of you own an Amazon Kindle? What are your thoughts and experiences with it?