178 of 195 people found the following review helpful.
This is a very convenient way to read since the program offers very stable performance, allows extensive customizations (such as changing font size and screen brightness), and remembers where in the book you last left off. I frequently use this program in the subway, it is great for when you want to relax but you don’t have a cell signal to run some other programs.
The real benefit of reading through the Kindle app as opposed to some alternatives is that the checkout process is lightning-fast. You can also frequently get free books for Kindle, so not only am I able to read more conveniently, but more cheaply, too!
I am currently running it on my Droid 2 Global running Froyo (2.2), and have had no problems. While you can’t download onto a tablet or AT&T phone through the Amazon Appstore yet, you can get this through the Android Market on those devices.
65 of 72 people found the following review helpful.
146 of 174 people found the following review helpful.
Generally speaking, this Kindle reader compares well to the competition and appears to work better than the Nook. It’s features are probably just about everything a fiction reader could want, including easily accessible options to adjust the display to your liking (font size, colors, etc.), as well as to navigate, search, bookmark, and create notes.
For non-fiction study and learning (e.g. studying a book on stock trading), it lacks important features (detailed under Cons, further below).
For all readers, the Android version of this app has two problems (one with Whispersync, and the other with Archiving books; see details under cons).
Cons for users who switch between devices:
1. Whispersync problem. If you switch between devices like I do (for me, it’s between the Motorola Xoom and my iPhone), the Whispersync feature is very important. It tells Amazon the furthest point to which you’ve read. If you later want to pick up your reading on another device, the Kindle app will prompt whether you want to go to the “furthest read” point within the book. This is an invaluable feature, but it fails way too often, and without any way to fix it. (Examples: i. you accidentally click a Table of Contents link that takes you far into the book or to its end, as I have done by accident, ii. you click a superscript that takes you to the index, and the app fails to give a back button, then proceeds to mark the index as your “furthest read” point.) This feature has failed on my a number of times, and there is no way to reset the “furthest read” point. From then on, it becomes very tedious to page through a book and find where I left off each time I switch devices.
Cons for all users:
2. Unlike my iPhone’s Kindle app, the Motorola Xoom app does not show which page you’re on. Instead, it only reports how far you are into a book as a percentage.
Cons for non-fiction readers who study to learn:
3. Cannot name bookmarks.