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Ama­zon, $186 ama­­dle

★★★★ WHAT a dif­fer­ence a year makes. In late 2009 the Ama­zon Kin­dle ar­rived in Aus­tralia at a cost of about $280. The new ver­sion of­fers many more fea­tures for much less money. For starters, the third Kin­dle 3G is slim­mer, 15 per cent lighter and sig­nif­i­cantly faster. This speed boost is no­tice­able when you vir­tu­ally turn pages on the six­inch E Ink screen. The screen also re­ceives a boost from 16 shades of grey and darker fonts. This Kin­dle comes with PDF sup­port, a 4GB me­mory and text-to-speech for some nov­els. Ama­zon’s best­selling e-book reader re­tains its great fea­tures, in­clud­ing a 3G in­ter­net con­nec­tion and QW­ERTY key­board for book searches.

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