AMAZON KINDLE 2
Amazon, $139 amazon.com/kindle
★★★ If you are looking for the industry-standard e-reader, the Kindle 2 is it because it offers everything an e-reader should. It’s similar to the DX, though smaller (it has a 6-inch screen). It has 2GB of storage for 1500 books and the same music player found in the DX. The Kindle 2 has a new processor too, which makes it more snappy though still a little laggy. Like the DX, the big new feature — free 3G connectivity — only works in the US. That is annoying and means Kindle owners will be plugging in their device to a computer if they want access to Amazon’s webstore or the social-media sharing functions. That said, its fit, finish and battery life (up to two weeks) are good. And the navigation is reasonably simple with the five-point rocker switch. This Kindle is best suited to travellers and commuters.