Hands-On With Kindle For iPhone

headerAmazon released Kindle for iPhone today in the Apple App store, which means anyone who doesn’t own a Kindle but wants to get in on the e-reader frenzy, can simply download the free app and get started reading on their phone. For anyone that owns a Kindle, it’s an easy way to view your books and other purchases directly from your iPhone thanks to Amazon’s Whispersync technology. We installed the app and then logged in using our Amazon account. Immediately under the “Archived” section we saw our previously purchased books beginning to download. Each book has a small stamp-sized icon of the cover art, and the author and title are displayed next to it. You can buy books from your iPhone, but not inside the app itself, which we think is odd. Instead, you’ll have to launch the Safari browser or download them from your PC by visiting Amazon.com/ Kindlestore. We tried reading Jay McInerney’s The Good Life, but found it a bit awkward on such a small screen. It’s fun turning pages with the swipe of a finger but you’ll find yourself turning pages frequently since the iPhone can only display what would amount to a paragraph of a real book on each page. Thankfully you can toggle between five text sizes to help you fit more text on a page. If you touch the screen while you’re reading, a menu will pop up. The menu lets you save notes and marks, skip to the books cover, view the table of contents, or jump to a specific location within the book. We liked using the Kindle 2 for casual reading, but we can’t see ourselves using the iPhone as an e-reader much. It’s perfect for quickly jumping to notes or for reading a few pages briefly, but we’d prefer reading from an actual book or the Kindle any day. Our hands-on video and gallery are below. [flq:71721e3b8827d8ab8b70d2ad26369783]

Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options