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Ama­zon, $139 ama­­dle

★★★ 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.

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